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  • Islander,

    "In Italian, assonance applies to all sounds"-

    in Maori, assonance isnt really used (except in proverbs possibly - 'Ka wiwi. ka wawa')-our language, like Italian, is very vowel-rich, but much less rich in constants, so vowel replication is kind of a given)

    In English, it is a huge & richly useful field for humble poet people (like self.)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    That said, mine was merely a quotation from Educating Rita - Tom nabbed it right away.

    Then in comes his daughter
    Whose name was Rita
    She looked like she stepped out of
    La Dolce Vita


    Bob Dylan, ,Motorpsycho Nightmare


    Those bloody Italians, eh?

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    This was a very pommie Rita, though. You know the old Woody Allen joke about the guy who acquires the rights to My Fair Lady and proceeds to remove the music and lyrics to make it back into Pygmalion? That's Educating Rita in a nutshell. Not a bad film either, if you're into Julie Walters and Michael Caine slurring his speech. (I'm into neither.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    This was a very pommie Rita, though.

    I remember. Saw it back in the day, I think at Mission Bay, where the audience seemed to know the punch lines, and shamelessly shouted them aloud. While the experience of watching an eastern suburbs cult movie was pretty resistable, to the film's credit it still held up.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    That's Educating Rita in a nutshell.

    I say Pygmalion with a little touch of A Star is Born: talented older drunkard goes into decline, power relationship changes, couple grows apart...

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    For instance, I routinely say "pwned" now. Which is weird.

    That raises the question of how one actually pronounces a work like "pwned".

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    "shamelessly shouted" - ah, th entitled braying of the easties.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    That raises the question of how one actually pronouncesa work like "pwned".

    Like 'owned', but with a p on the front. When using it as an exclamation, experts pronounce the 'ed' as 't'.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Thankee, Jake.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Adrian Ross,

    That bugger Shakespere eh?

    Routinely used the ass/arse pronunciation pun for a laugh-

    Oooh, interesting. I suppose I'm too late but I'd love to see some evidence if you have it.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2008 • 6 posts Report Reply

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