Thursday, April 3, 2008

V for Very Clever

My two sons have inherited my OCD. In my younger son, it manifests in his fastidious cleanliness and organization. My older son's OCD is less serious, I think, and it is evident in an obsession with certain numbers and words. One word that he is obsessed with is the word "vicarious" (an adjective meaning acting on behalf of someone else).

This word (and most V words) remind me of a movie that was recommended to me by no other than my son who actually LOVED it (read on and you will discover why). I am talking about the movie V for Vendetta. In the movie, we first meet the protagonist V, when he rescues a young woman from a gang of police agents who are about to rape her. He introduces himself in a long monologue which includes 48 different words that start with the letter V. Needless to say, I was truly impressed, although I did not understand a thing (ya3neeana mafhemtish 7aga). Here is the monologue:

"Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."

Ethis enormously eloquent endeavor is evidence of an exceptional & extraordinary eknowledge of the English elanguage (excuse me for cheating, but this was the only way I could construct a complete sentence with nothing but words that start with the same letter).

BTW, after looking up the meaning of the words that I didn't know, I was even more impressed since V's monologue actually makes perfect sense. Yet, I would have been more impressed had the monologue writer been able to squeeze in the word "vasectomy" too.


Patrick said...

Very interesting. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to construct a whole paragraph beginning with one letter only. I won't even attempt.As for making sense of what was written, I'd probably have to read the whole thing ten times, and even then, I'd probably understand only half of it.

Anonymous said...

gibna gibna wa hateenaha fi gibna.
(thats the best i can do in arabic)

mansour said...

tabek tabekena dereb tabek tabekom,yekder tabek tabekom yedreb tabek tabekna ,zi matabek tabekna dereb tabek tabekom fi alforn
M for masoureta

Anonymous said...

This one is out of my league, please do not make it so hard to understand specially for your not so smart non Egyptian friends and readers....

Anonymous said...

Non other than Noona's mother, N....! this is Nadia! I Notice you have NickNamed yourself Nahoul and have been Nice enough to Nourish a Niche for Nabbing the Notice of Nabateans Nation, Nabob's religion, and Numerous Neo-Neanderthals who are Neither Nor. As the Nineties became the Naughties, the Noun Normal became Nullified and Negated, and Now it is Natural for any Nom Nick or Narry like me to Nimbly Negotiate their way through the Neat yet Nebulous Neagh which is the Net. I am a New reader of your Notes but as a Netizen, I was in Need of Neuronal stimulation so now the blog Nears me to a state of Nirvana Nightly, which I am Never-endingly grateful for. The Nerd that I am, I set a Nineteen minute time limit, so I must Nobly accept that No time remains and recognize that it is Necessary to log off and practice my Ninjutsu.
You can call me N.

April 6, 2008 10:12 PM

nahoul said...

engeleezee da ya Morsi????

Nadia, so good to hear from you. Walahi 3a2edteenee. wow, I am so impressed. You taught me to Never Nag Nadia!!
Now that you have done the hardest part (Nailed the N dialogue) you should write the script for the movie that goes with it. It should be about the situation in Egypt and the role of Bloggers in fueling a peaceful intifada (I like the idea already) Needless to say, I will play the leading role so don't give it away to anyone else.

take care

p.s. I hope you don't mind me removing my name from your comment for security reasons :)

Anonymous said...

Aunty Nadia,
It's Mo. I used to think I was so lucky to have Mr. Winters as my English teacher in DJHS, but no I realize that he is nothing compared to you. Wow, really.

Anonymous said...

Nahoul, is this our "Miss Nadia"? If so, I don't mind being her student all over again. Now I know why she was my favorite English teacher ever.
All my respect to her.