12.08.2006

the art of conversation

i like to have my opinions and tastes confirmed by others, and as a result of this consumption-insecurity, i read reviews constantly. i stumbled across this otherwise uninspired take on the "eh, maybe if nothing else is playing" movie Holiday, and read through it until I encountered a word I'd never heard before:

Still, it’s great to see a legend back flexing his acting muscles opposite a huge talent like Winslet, with whom Wallach shares a strong repoire.


On goes my internal etymological dictionary (what, you don't have one too?): re... so something's being done again... and poire... what the hell does poire mean? hercule poirot? poivre? no. not re-peppering. what the hell is going on? I was stumped. what the heck does "repoire" mean? i couldn't find it in any dictionary, mental or otherwise.

then it hit me: rapport. the word that professional journalist al alexander and his editors over at the massachusetts Patriot-Ledger* both do not know how to spell is "rapport." sigh.


*does anyone else find it really amusing that heath ledger was in a movie called the patriot? it's like the mid-manhattan rag called the chelsea clinton news. wondrous.



UPDATE: astute reader joe notes that poire means pear. which i did know, on a certain level. i enjoy the notion of kate winslet and this dude sharing an again-pear. it sounds sort of ... vomitous, in its way.

11 comments:

Joe said...

The actual meaning of poire is pear, and it is suprising, pear being a food and no doubt an ingredient in many French duck-centered dishes, that helen did not know this. When he said they shared a strong "repoire," perhaps he meant they shared an "again-pear," to take the literal meaning. Could this be a re-cooked poached pear? Or perhaps a drink with two shots of vodka and a pear slice?

Anonymous said...

In my humble oppinion your obsessing with spelling shows that your Hostile to people from poorer backgrounds and Ppl of Color/African Americans. Or maybe my NOT HUMBLE OPPINION lol. Just because the words isn't the same as Dictionaries doesn't mean that it hasn't meaning! Pls be Respectfull to all peoples. Even me rofl.

Anonymous said...

That comment is pathetic. You just showed how uneducated you are. Do you realize how many spelling errors you have. You are completely dumb. "Opinion" and "you're" is spelled wrong and you always of COMPLETELY RANDOM capitalizations. Also Respectfull is with 1 L. This is the problem with America. We are so politically correct we let kids to what they want and they never learn to write and if anyone wants to correct them they scream racism! I am an educated person and I am proud that I can spell and speak English properly. I will always have a good job and you will always work at McDonald's or Waffle King or some other fast food place.

Anonymous said...

YOU ARE RASCIST. You think I’m the problem with america. Well I am a good Writer w/ EDUCATION and unlike you I am too busy to spend all day reading in the dictionary. You make B.S. jokes about Racism but America would never be where it is today without the work of heroes both Black and Caucasian. I bet you never heard of Martin L. King or the many Black heroes in every branch in the Military including Navy Army Air Force and U.S. Marines. Respect for all people not just “tolerance” but RESPECT is something that mom and dad teachh and if you don’t have it by now YOU WILL NEVER HAVE IT. Oh and as for your acusation about my job I AM AN INDEPENDENT WOMAND AND BUSINESSWOMAN I have 3 wonderful kids age 5 3 and 1 2 boys and 1 girl who are very successful and will be. Even if they act up sometimes lolol. While you spend all day with the Dictionary lol I am raising kids making money and having a great time. I DON’T NEED YOU and I will forget about you in 5 minutes. I have worked for everything I have ever achieved and I am a confident Black woman.

Anonymous said...

These two people fighting are the same person, aren't they? You can't fool me.

helen said...

look at you, smartie anonymous. you see through all my readers' wacky tricks.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I see through /my own/ weekly tricks.

(That just blew someone's mind)

helen said...

the wacky/weekly conflation just blew my mind, that's for sure.

laurel said...

who ARE these people reading your blog? I don't read it for a weekend and all sorts of brouhaha gets stirred up.

Anonymous said...

I have 3 wonderful kids age 53, and 12 boys and 1 girl who are very successful and will be.

There, I've edited to make more sense. Or not.

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