May 12, 2009

April Search Terms Bring May Snark

Every month or so I like to take a look at the search terms that are bringing people to my blog, because it amuses me greatly.

where do fishes come from Well, when some male fishes and some female fishes love each other very much...

javascript cookie apostrophe Yankee Oscar uniform Mike India November echo November Oscar sierra echo November sierra echo.

is a love a second hand? Nope. Love is an hour hand, for sure.

dear internet amuse me With pleasure, my dear.

incest theme in dogeaters Don't tell my prof, but I never actually finished Dogeaters. I got kinda hung up on the weird cover (not that it turned me off, but that it seemed more interesting than the text) and then, well, you know how school is. I moved on to not finish greater and better things. So I can't answer your query. You can always wait for it to show up on Shmoop, I suppose.

style is more important than substance and everyone thinks that style is more important than substance

naughty bits from tess of d'urbervilles Ha ha, "naughty bits". There are some, I suppose, although they're not particularly salacious. I won't give you page references, but I'll give you some textual history to make up for it. Won't that be exciting!

So, Tess is about this peasant girl, Tess, who finds out that she is distantly descended from some local nobility. She's also young, but hot: lots of the narrative is totally focused on her body. Her life gets turned upside-down -- not in a good way -- and eventually she's knocked up by her quasi-cousin. Then a whole bunch of other things happen (the baby dies, and then her husband abandons her because he found out that she isn't a virgin, and then she kills a dude, and then she is hanged) and then the book ends and it's all very tragic.  But here's the thing: was she raped, or was it consensual?

The answer is both, actually, depending on which version of the text you read. It was severely bowdlerized by Hardy himself, partly in response to a morally outraged public. The first version that was published was heavily censored, and later versions became more explicit. As well, in one version Tess is very clearly raped -- but in another it's pretty ambiguous. I think that most texts now tend to use the 1891 version, which is thought to be closest to what Hardy actually wanted to be. In short, the naughty bits you seek may not even exist if you've picked up at earlier version. Choose wisely!

please if person want be came of magic You're welcome if person had un done from magic. Or something.

"neurology of angels" I had hoped that this was a scientific query of some sort. But it turns out that Neurology of Angels is a book. Oh well.

"books have a soul" I disagree. But books are created by writers and read by readers, all of whom have souls and who impart characteristics of themselves onto/into the text. Books don't have souls, but they reflect ours.

"it reads vs it says" If this is a grammatical puzzle, I'd go with "it reads" in the case of text, and "it says" in the case of speaking robots. But if this search isn't grammar-related, I'm putting a fiver on It Reads.

i'm searching for delight Aren't we all?

www.book on homonymy.com Things like this puzzle me ever so much. I get this all the time, people searching on the exact address of my blog. Are they trolling for links? Or do they just not understand locations bars?

hey am not working an i love to read Congratulations? It's nice to run into people who love to read. Unfortunately, that's not particularly marketable -- trust me. I just finished an English degree, which largely boiled down to novels for four years and getting course credit for it. Now I am a glorious intern. Dare ye follow in my footsteps?

3 comments:

zibilee said...

Hilarious as usual! You have a really great and wry sense of humor.

Holly said...

Fun. I do this periodically with my regular blog. I should start doing it with my book blog too.

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uncertainprinciples said...

lol, i actually laughed out loud multiple times!

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