The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0997 Tuesday, 20 May 2003
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
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
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