Tuesday, September 15, 2009

He totally became the hero of all the aspiring pirates.

There's an interesting article in last week's New Yorker about the economics of piracy--actual, arr-type, seventeenth-eighteenth-century piracy. And in this article, a pirate about to be executed is quoted as follows:

"Yes," one declared on the gallows, "I do heartily repent. I repent I had not done more Mischief."

Say what you will about the ethics of the whole enterprise--that is one badass pirate. I guess if you're going to be hanged anyway, there's no reason not to go out with some totally awesome last words.


Blogger Kaitlyn pontificated to the effect that...

I love that Mischief is capitalized.

As it should be.

Seriously, you're a college professor or something, what is Up with the Random capitalizations in Old Tyme Writing?

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous pontificated to the effect that...

I thought they only capitalized nouns? Maybe it's some kind of Germanic thing.


10:37 PM  
Blogger GeoX, who is here to stay, like it or not. pontificated to the effect that...

Some nouns, but not all. This is far from my area (although this goes on a lot in Mason & Dixon), but I think it might have something to with whether the noun could in some abstract way be personified. Do not quote me on that, however.

11:41 PM  

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