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To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0997  Tuesday, 20 May 2003

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Monday, 19 May 2003 23:09:31 -0700
Subject:        To Be or Not To Be. Whatever.

Adam Nicolson's column in the Daily Telegraph today (May 20), "Whatever
Happened to Conversation?" so thoroughly condemns a common American, now
transatlantic usage that you will swear never to use it again.
"Whatever" is the one-word that seems to dismiss the very idea of saying
anything.

Nicolson quotes Cordelia in passing ("that glib and oily art, / To speak
and purpose not") and ends with:

"Poetry, for one, can't really survive in a whateverised world.  To be
or not to be, that is the question. Whatever. Is this a dagger I see
before me? Whatever. The rest is silence.  Whatever."

The column is at
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2003/05/20/do2002.xml

Al Magary

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