Sunday, May 30, 2010

Learning English with 'Bones'

This is only remotely related to the show, but it has been a slow news week so we figured we'd share. :-)

'You say 'shined', I say 'shone'

Once in a while, like a tickle in the back of the throat, the repetition of an unusual word or form will create discomfort. The discomfort is not always rational. The word may fall into the category of unfamiliar rather than incorrect. Millions of people may happily use it. That it has the same effect on my inner ear as chewing metal foil would on my teeth probably says more about me than about the word. Still, off to the hunt.

The tickle this time is an increasing tendency orally and in print to use the past participle “shined” instead of “shone.” As an example, a magazine piece on the forensic-detective show Bones said the fourth season wasn’t the best “for Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel), but John Francis Daley shined as brilliant, put-upon Sweets, the Rodney Dangerfield of shrinks.”

It's a really interesting and fun read, so go check it out!

As an aside, which word or phrase has made its way into your vocabulary after you've learned it from 'Bones'?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ramifications

Fanny said...

falangies, dancing falangies

Anonymous said...

A lot!! i'm french, and it's a real pleasure for me to watch it in Original version (with subtitles, i dont like the voices they have in french) so i learn a lot of words!!!
Evidence, proof, skull and much more!!

Anonymous said...

(I'm in 8th grade, so im still learning stuff :D)

I learn a lot of the scientific lingo from Brennan, Cam, Hodgins, and people. My science teacher watches the show too and it's weird when I see something we learned in class used in the show...

Anonymous said...

Heartcrushing

Stephanie said...

I say "I don't know what that means" every chance I get. I keep trying to find a situation to use Angela's "fantabulisticulous" word in real life but so far, no luck :(

Oh, and the absolute only reason I know and remember the definition of "entropy" is the ice skating scene in season 4.

Vorpaks said...

Totally the dancing phalanges. I do that with my 6 month old ALL the time.

Kaitlynd said...

While I have learned many English phrases from Bones, my favourite has to be Latin, which comes from Hodgins.

Bufo Americanus, the American toad.

Anonymous said...

skalaayyy

Anonymous said...

skalaayyy

codysimpsonismyhero said...

fugoo

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