Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Message from the Universe?

Yesterday morning, as I walked to the train, I turned a corner and found myself looking at this:

It's partly painted over now, but you can still see that the graffiti said "SKUD." A.k.a., the first four letters of my last name. A very unusual combination of letters for the English language.

It was very disconcerting to see this on a wall just a little way from my house. I couldn't help wondering if the Universe was trying to tell me something. Will have to keep an eye out for this graffiti tag in future.


Dr.J said...

Bad news, I just saw a page called Urban Dictionary that gives for skud: someone or something that looks nice from afar but disgusting when you near.
And this is clearly not your case (you look very nice from here and even nicer at your other side Overdressed and...)you see I am doing the spanish chevalier here!
but seriously, does slang pose a threat to the unity of english or is it just a minor problem. The 20 Academies of Spanish are getting a lexicon and grammar together and it is quite tricky.

Marissa said...

English-speakers think it's silly to be concerned with the "unity of English." We are proud of the fact that our language is a hybrid, and we don't have a group that tries to set standards for the language, the way Spanish has the Real Academia and French has the Académie français. The group that compiles the most important English dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), doesn't try to tell people how words SHOULD be used, just how they have BEEN used or are being used. Of course, with English spreading around the globe and all kinds of regional slang cropping up, that makes putting together the OED a tricky task, too!