The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0701  Thursday, 10 April 2003

From:           Don Bloom <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 9 Apr 2003 07:51:47 -0500
Subject: 14.0696 Coughing up the dosh.
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0696 Coughing up the dosh.

Graham Hall writes,

>"Loves Labour's Won/Lost" came to mind but the idle hacks of Fleet
>Street clearly do not regard F. Meres as a reliable card-carrying NUJ

There is a propensity for some of our colleagues (not to say, allies) on
the the East Side to speak in a kind of code which at times perplexes
those of us who lack the code-book.

For example, in the context of "Fleet Street," which I understand, the
phrase "card-carrying NUJ reporter" suggests that he is a member of the
National Union of Journalists, the trades union for, as it were, idle
hacks.  But that's only a guess.

It isn't a big deal, but as I commonly enjoy the posts from Graham,
Robin, Terence and others, their use of highly allusive arcana unique to
Brit-land frustrates me.

I suspect that their desire to avoid taking this all too seriously and
ending up in shooting wars of furious e-mailery leads them, as it does
me, into whimsy. However, I would like to offer a little NUJ to remind
them not to go too far.

Sometimes they sound a little like Peter Sellers doing Mercutio while
stoned out of his mind.


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