September 22, 2005

Sentence of the Day.

The award goes to David Montgomery of the Washington Post for this juicy mass of info in the form of a sentence:
Plump couches, radical books, free WiFi, $5 microbrews, killer sound system, a menu that runs from catfish and collard greens to peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches: a cool, comfortable, slightly bourgy haven for a hot, bothered, slightly bourgy peace movement.

17 comments:

Brendan said...

Doesn't Andrew Sullivan give out an award for pretentious prose?

Meade said...

Reminds me of one of my pithier obtuse blog comments.

Time to turn pro I s'pose.

Too Many Jims said...

Remember the "old days" of diagraming sentences? I would tackle the sentence but not sure there is enough space on my paper.

Ann Althouse said...

Actually, it's a sentence fragment. But I like it. No one really needs the "it's" after the colon. I don't think it's confusing. It's a list followed by the modified word "haven." It's concrete, funny, and not at all pretentious.

Meade said...

The $5 microbrew: disturbing. Ouch!

vnjagvet said...

And it's part of a five page panegyric of today's "peace movement" and its titular head, Mother Sheehan.

Wonder how it will all pan out this weekend. If less than 100k show up, will they cover that fact too?

As far as a comparison with Vietnam is concerned, paraphrasing Lloyd Bentsen, I served in Vietnam, I personally knew Vietnam, and folks, Iraq ain't no Vietnam.

clint said...

Just to be nitpicky -- that there ain't no sentence. 't'ain't gots no verb.

Perhaps if he replaced the ":" with "provide"...

In any case, when was the adjective "bourgy" coined? Did he just make that up?

clint said...

...of course, he'd also need to turn the "," after "sound system" into an "and"...

Do you know, is the Washington Post looking for new copy editors?

miklos rosza said...

"bourgy" -- how is that pronounced?

XWL said...

Bourgy is a term you most often hear from dear comrades (or marxist history teachers) when speaking of the evil bourgeois (the term is a Russian pejorative, pronounced BURzhee).

That the author chose that term tells you something, doesn't it?

miklos rosza said...

I just checked with my wife, who is French, and she says the French word "bourge" (one syllable) means the same thing.

Elizabeth said...

There's nothing wrong with an intentional sentence fragment, composed for effect, as this one is. It's a label, a sign, not a sentence with an actor and action. I like it.

Jeff said...

Calling the anti-war movement "slightly bourgy" is putting it mildly. The protesters that I've seen in Manhattan are overwhelmingly white and middle class; to say nothing of the casual Bush-bashers. Not that they are actually bourgeouis(?) in the traditional sense of a productively industrious middle class. Bourgy here means something closer to "bo-Bo", Bohemian Bourgeois, i.e. the effete elite.

Interestingly enough, the term "Bourgy" has currency in hip-hop culture. My understanding is that it is used to mean materialistic and status-conscious and uptight. Just what the "slightly bourgy" protest crowd likes to think they aren't but really are, in a Bo-Bo sense.

English is not my native language.

tcd said...

You're right Ann, the fragment quoted is not pretentious, however the whole article is an untruth. Why do we keep seeing comparisons of the current war in Iraq to Vietnam? Because goddam hippies want it to be Vietnam. I think the purpose of this article and others like it, is to turn American military victories into victories for its enemies. It's the Tet Offensive all over again and it's the same goddamn hippies who are doing it. Did you read the article? When did Cindy Sheehan become a representative for the silent majority? When did the anti-war movement speak for the mainstream? It's like President Bush didn't just win a national election less than 11 months ago. If Cindy Sheehan represents mainstream America then God help this country because we are all doom.

Elizabeth said...

"goddamn hippies!"

Check the polls--the mainstream does not support the war in Iraq, national election or not.

"goddamn hippies!" That's funny!

tcd said...

Elizabeth,

Hope I didn't offend you, but if the shoe fits...
As for the polls, I don't believe in polls.

Elizabeth said...

tcd,

You didn't offend me, you amused me! "goddam hippies" is funny as hell.

And American support for the war in Iraq is lower each day, no matter what you put your faith in. "Believe in" is such a strange phrase; you don't believe that polls are accurate? You don't believe in paying attention to information that differs from your opinion? It's unclear what you mean by "believe in." Nor does it matter.