April 11, 2007

Gratuitous Llama Literary Crankiness

Fred Barnes contributes a column on McCain's ongoing and increasingly vocal support of the war effort, one of several "Hey, GOP, you may hate him for a lot of other things, but this ought to trump that" articles I've seen in the past few days.

Well, perhaps. I do think McCain is a weasel on a lot of issues. But I also think his support for victory in the war is gen-u-ine. Plus, anything that sets the MSM swallowing their collective tongues in outrage wins some points with me.

However, that's not why I post about Barnes' article here. The reason I do is its title: Hell Hath No Fury.

This is one of those misquotes that drives me absolutely batty. The real quote is a line from a play by William Congreve (The Mourning Bride, to be exact) and runs:

"Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd."

I wish to goodness people would get this right. Not only is the modern mangling misinformed, it grates on my tender Llama ears as well. "Hell hath," indeed.

Posted by Robert at April 11, 2007 11:47 AM | TrackBack

Mine? Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke.

You all too often hear it misquoted as, "What we have got here is a failure to communicate," which sounds like any one of the nerds from IT.

The real quotation is, "What we've got here is failure to communicate." Eight words - one a contraction - versus eleven, and much more powerful.

Paul Newman later adds the "a", but there is NEVER a "have."

These things are not that difficult to get right!


Posted by: Hucbald at April 11, 2007 12:27 PM

If things like this continue to bother you, you will end up with a permanent twitch!
Won't the ettes love that; Daddy twitches because everything bothers him... We still love him!

Posted by: Babs at April 11, 2007 04:29 PM

Hell HATH no fury than a blogger scorned!!!


runs away

Posted by: Stillers at April 13, 2007 06:04 AM