Incomprehensible Shouting Named Official U.S. Language



12 Comments

  1. Barry said,

    March 5, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    Boomhauer would be proud.

    [(myl) Now, now. Boomhauer doesn't shout.]

  2. John Walden said,

    March 5, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    Are British IS (Incomprehensible Shouting) and American IS mutually comprehensible?

    [(myl) Check it out for yourself.]

  3. John Cowan said,

    March 5, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    I think incomprehensible is not well-chosen; I had no trouble comprehending any of it. Incoherent would be more like it.

  4. John Cowan said,

    March 5, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    But perhaps that's because I've lived in New York City for thirty years.

  5. David L said,

    March 5, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    Well, it depends what the meaning of IS is. It's comprehensible, in the sense that you can mostly identify the strings of words, but incomprehensible, in the sense that you can't necessarily figure out the intended meaning (if there is one).

  6. Chris Waters said,

    March 5, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    Is RIS more comprehensible to Americans than, say, Cockney IS? Is it considered more prestigious? Is Bostonian IS non-rhotic?

    (I would expect the answers to be no, no and yes, but I wouldn't bet money on it.)

  7. Neal Goldfarb said,

    March 5, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

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  8. John Burgess said,

    March 5, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    You've missed the musicality of it all!

    The shouting can occur in the key of Snide-sharp or Whine-flat. There's also the commonly heard Pompous-natural, particularly coming from politicians.

  9. Jeremy said,

    March 5, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    I prefer Obama's dulcet tones initiative.

  10. michael farris said,

    March 7, 2011 @ 3:50 am

    Won't anyone put in a good word for the expressive power of disgruntled mumbling?

    (angry shouters mrglelell think they're so big rmmrmm I'd like to show them a thing or two mmrmrmrrrr)

  11. D.O. said,

    March 8, 2011 @ 2:11 am

    Does it mean we are now obliged to write all official correspondence IN ALL UPPERCASE LETTERS??????

  12. Dangph said,

    March 8, 2011 @ 3:18 am

    You might enjoy this:

    HOW TO SPEAK TEXAN
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1dZpsdilII

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