WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Screeve

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Screeve

I stumbled on a wonderful video of what some call a Pride and Prejudice parody, and while I can see several instances of comparison with adaptations of that novel, I would more directly call it a period drama parody. The video combines elements from pretty much all the Jane Austen books, plus any Georgian drama you can call to mind as you watch it.

It aired originally as a Christmas Day special way back in 2000, but doesn’t look terribly dated despite that being twenty years ago(!). The production rivals any full-length period drama; it was filmed at Squerryes Court in Westerham, Kent, a 17th Century manor house that was also used in the 2009 Emma adaptation and for the Battle of Agincourt in the 2012 BBC series, The Hollow Crown. It also features exquisite costuming, dialog worthy of Austen, and enough hand- and kerchief-wringing to make Mrs. Bennet seem tame.

The cast is top-tier for a show that runs less than ten minutes: Alan Rickman (I still get teary over his passing), Richard E. Grant, Pete Postlethwaite, Imelda Staunton, Honeysuckle Weeks, Geraldine McEwan, Victoria Wood (who wrote the screenplay), and James Bolam, to name the ones I recognized. I especially enjoyed the exchange of letters (hence my choice for the Word of the Week), with the addition of a sweepstakes chance a nice, spoofy touch.

Oh, and the title? Plots and Proposals.

Screeve

A letter, or written paper.

Victoria Wood has written and starred in many pastiches. If you enjoyed this one, head to YouTube, search for her name, and prepare to be entertained.

 

Slang term taken from Cant: A Gentleman’s Guide. The Language of Rogues in Georgian London, by Stephen Hart.

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Dicked in the Nob

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Dicked in the Nob

This week’s word applies not only to what I’ve discovered, but also to me for deciding to share it. I’m pretty sure the sheltering-in-place is beginning to give me a bit of cabin fever. All I know is that my family picked a bad time to dump Netflix to try the Disney+ package, because we ran through all its offerings fairly quickly, and I’ve now resorted to searching for the most random items on YouTube. And that can be a good thing, a weird thing, and everything in between.

This week it was strange, hilarious, and entertaining, as well as borderline blasphemous considering some of the fun poked at my beloved Jane Austen characters.

Dicked in the Nob

Silly. Crazed.

I’m sure everyone else in the world has heard of crack in terms of fan fiction, because I am literally the last person to ever know of anything cutting edge or new, unless I accidentally stumble on it during a pandemic. Crack, in terms of fandoms, has two meanings, but for my purposes I’m only interested in the second one, which Fanlore defines as

…fanworks with a fundamentally ludicrous premise, or otherwise including a plethora of unbelievable, incredible, or just plain silly elements – that is, implying the author/artist must have been on drugs to produce something so insane. It may be used in a compound noun (“crackfic”), or as an adjective (“crack pairing”). On tumblr, posts in the vein of crack may be labelled as crack!post.

On YouTube, the videos have come to be known as crack!vid. You can see where I’m going with this, to be sure: if you guessed Jane Austen crack!vid on YouTube, you win. There’s no prize, but you!win

So laugh, cast a quizzical brow, and even cringe with me at some Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice) crack. (Please be warned there is some scattered language, so NSFW if you’re still at work, or NSFLE, meaning Not Safe For Little Ears if you’re quarantined with your kiddos.)

“And IIIII-EEEEE-IIIII—!”

“Darcy’s inner monologue…”

“Get in the water!”

“You sit on a throne of lies!”

“Mr. Collins: Are you familiar with Fordyce’s sermons, Miss Bennet?
Elizabeth: #crap”

“I like big butts and I cannot lie…”

 

Slang term taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.