When I came into work this morning there was a bio of Shane MacGowan on the desk. You know yer man from The Pogues and Fairytale of New York. Everyone’s favourite xmas song. So i figured I take a look at it. For the record it is London Irish Punk Life & Music … Shane MacGowan by Jim Merrick But I couldn’t finish the first chapter.
See, being written by a non-Irish person for a non-Irish market there was a lot of explaining about Ireland in the 60’s. And the Famine of 1847 but I didn’t really object to that. I mean fair enough. Although calling your first chapter The Crack of Hurling Sticks is a little silly. It should’ve been The Clash of the Ash if you were going to mention hurling at all. But never mind. What bothered me was not the “Ireland the green and unspoiled land of farming” type nostalgia but the use of the term Eire. It makes me shudder It isn’t so much the word itself, because after all “The name of the State is Éire, or, in the English language, Ireland.” And if you are using Irish then I have no objection whatsoever to the term Éire. Or Eire. But if you are speaking English then the name of the state is Ireland.
Plain and simple.
But it is a stupid thing to annoy me. I mean, it’s just a word. And a perfectly valid word. But it bugs me. And will continue to bug me for all eternity but you know what else bugs me?
The fact that I’m far too lazy to reread my posts, or even hit the spell check and so don’t spot stupid mistakes till after the fact. And then I’m often too lazy to hit edit and change them. For instance, today I spotted that I’d used right when I mean write. I mean that is just plain sloppy. Slopply I tells ya. But I didn’t change it. The connection is slow, and I’m lazy
And to be honest it doesn’t really bother me when other people make mistakes in blogs, after all you make mistakes in conversation all the time and can’t go back and erase what someone heard. And to me a blog is more akin to a conversation than a real piece of writing. So it doesn’t bother me. But I do mind seeing there instead of their in my own posts.
Not enough to change them ;) so maybe annoy is too strong a word. Still, from now on, whenever I see an error like that I’ll do my utmost to …. naw, I’ll probably still end up leaving it the way it is.