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Tra il malumore dovuto alla pioggia ed il lavoro, in questi giorni sono stata particolarmente sotto tono e discretamente occupata. Non ho aggiornato molto il blog, perciò mi rifaccio oggi con un piccolo assaggio dell’articolo che sto ponderando di scrivere (forse a 4 mani) nel tempo libero [what’s tempo libero?] e che pubblicherò in settimana.
La mia amica Marzia mi ha sottoposto l’ultimo video girato da Roger Federer, famoso tennista*, per la Credit Suisse Bonviva.
E’ stato girato in 3 versioni: tedesca, francese ed italiana. Le trovate di seguito.
<< Mehr ist mehr >> (DE version)
<< Plus, c’est vraiment plus >> (FR version)
<< Più è meglio >> (IT version)
Il motto della Banca è stato tradotto ed adattato nelle tre lingue. Molti sono gli spunti di riflessione.
Cerco di raccattare gli script di tutte le versioni, così posso lavorarci su un po’.
Stay tuned. 🙂
*PS. [revisione delle h: 14.28] La mia amica Marzia precisa che Roger Federer è “IL campione svizzero di tennis”.
Chiedo venia, mea culpa. 😀
Ten literary quotes we all get wrong
There’s nothing elementary about it, my dear Watson. And does a rose by any other name really smell as sweet?
By Theo Merz
12:06PM GMT 21 Jan 2014
The ten literary quotations below have passed into common parlance because they encapsulate human truths or sum up much-loved characters. The only problem is, in most cases, nobody actually wrote them…
1. Elementary, my dear Watson
There are plenty of ‘elementaries’ and a few ‘my dear Watsons’ across Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes oeuvre, but the phrase ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’ never appears.
Really puts the time they got the Tube lines mixed up on Sherlock into perspective, doesn’t it?
2. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
The line from William Congreve’s 1697 poem The Mourning Bride is: Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned/Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
It’s a shame to lose the first half of the couplet in the misquotation, but the addition of ‘hath’ lends a charming Olde Worlde feel.
3. I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it
This one is always attributed to Voltaire, but actually came from a 20th-century biography of him by the English writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall.
The author was summarising the philosopher’s attitude, but the first person pronoun led many to take it for a direct quote.
4. Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
The witches at the opening of Macbeth say “Double, double, toil and trouble”.
It’s surprising anyone still gets this wrong, considering the correct line was cemented in the cultural imagination by the 1993 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen TV movie which took the quotation as its title.
5. Methinks the lady doth protest too much
The real line, spoken by Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, is “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
It’s a small error compared to the title of the Alanis Morrisette song inspired by the play: “Doth [sic] I Protest Too Much”.
6. A rose by any other name smells just as sweet
The last of our trio of Shakespearean entries, the above is now commonly used but was never said in so many words by Juliet (in Romeo and Juliet).
The actual quote is, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.
7. Please, Sir, can I have some more?
In Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, the orphan rises from the table, advances towards the master and says: “Please, sir, I want some more.” The same line that is used in the 1968 musical film Oliver!, so the misquote remains unattributed.
8. Theirs but to do or die
Lord Tennyson’s poem Charge of the Light Brigade reads, Theirs not to make reply/Theirs not to reason why/Theirs but to do and die, but the line is often misquoted by people thinking of a ‘do or die’ mentality.
9. Shaken, not stirred
Ian Fleming’s James Bond asks a barman in Dr No for “A medium Vodka dry Martini – with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred”. A single word out, then – but the line “shaken, not stirred” has now been used so often in the Bond films that it’s become ingrained in our image of Bond.
10. Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink
In Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the sailor describes his time stranded at sea: Water, water, everywhere/And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.
The line is regularly misquoted in popular culture, but nowhere quite as spectacularly as by Homer Simpson who, finding himself stranded on a dinghy in the open sea in one episode, exclaims: “Water, water everywhere so let’s all have a drink!”