Modern AU Bossuet dealing with constant bureacratic hassles because the name on his birth certificate is different from the name on his driver’s license which is different from the name on his credit card which is different from the name on the lease on his apartment. He’s been summoned for jury duty six times because somehow the courthouse has him listed as eight different people.
The clerk looked at the apologetic young man in front of her, and then looked down at the two envelopes he was brandishing. “So, you say you got two jury summonses? For two different people? Except both people are you.”
"That’s right. See, this one’s to last name L’aigle, ‘L-apostrophe-A-I-G-L-E-,’ and this one’s to last name Lesgle, ‘L-E-S-G-L-E.’ I go by both. Or, rather, officialdom has decreed that I go by both, as I sometimes show up as one and sometimes as the other on various records."
"Okay, I’ll see what I can do. Can I see some ID please?"
"Certainly." He pulled out his driver’s license.
The clerk looked at it, then back to the envelopes. “This says ‘Legle.’ No ‘S.’”
"Officialdom has decreed that I go by three names. It is a very indecisive beast. No offense intended towards your employers, of course," he quickly added.
The clerk sighed.
"In my defense, they’re all pronounced more-or-less the same," the young man, L’aigle, Lesgle, or Legle, whatever he was called, said cheerfully. "My friends call me Bossuet, if that helps."
Van Herk, What Is Sociolinguistics, chapter 11. (via transliterations)
The Wikipedia article on code-switching has a nice classification of the types and linguistic rules involved:
- Intersentential switching occurs outside the sentence or the clause level (i.e. at sentence or clause boundaries). It is sometimes called "extrasentential" switching. In Assyrian-English switching one could say, “Ani wideili. What happened?” (“Those, I did them. What happened?”)
- Intra-sentential switching occurs within a sentence or a clause. In Spanish-English switching one could say, “La onda is to fight y jambar." ("The in-thing is to fight and steal.”)
- Tag-switching is the switching of either a tag phrase or a word, or both, from one language to another, (common in intra-sentential switches). In Spanish-English switching one could say, “Él es de México y así los criaron a ellos, you know.” (“He’s from Mexico, and they raise them like that, you know.”)
- Intra-word switching occurs within a word itself, such as at a morpheme boundary. In Shona-English switching one could say, “But ma-day-s a-no a-ya ha-ndi-si ku-mu-on-a. (“But thesedays I don’t see him much.”) Here the English plural morpheme -s appears alongside the Shona prefix ma-, which also marks plurality.
you’ll have to tell me about it afterwards!
Absolutely! I don’t think I’d be able to shut up
Friendly reminder that the Death Eaters had a seating chart.
Like, they all had specific spots in the circle and when some of them were missing they left spaces for those people because they knew exactly where their spots were.
Just imagine Voldemort pouring over that thing like “Dammit. I can’t put Alecto next to Crabbe or she’ll spend the whole time staring at his biceps… And speaking of Crabbe, he and Goyle really should be next to each other, so that they can help each other follow everything. And maybe I’ll put Nott next to them just in case. Nott’s patient enough with them… And Black is dead so I can just put Avery’s boy in that spot. Should I give away traitors’ spots? That seems like bad luck. Maybe I should just close the ranks there and open up a new spot… Hm… Rodolphus and Bella have been next to each other in the circle for years, but they’re getting married. Should I separate married Death Eaters? No, Rod and Bella will be fine. But if I keep them together, does that mean I have to keep all married couples together? No. I never said that I’d be fair with them. But Rabastan! I can’t put Rabastan next to Barty or they’ll never stop talking…”
Imagine Voldy keeping a paper-copy of the circle in his pocket and studying it before meetings because everyone’s going to be wearing a mask and he can’t risk forgetting someone’s name or mixing two people up.
I just… Death Eater seating chart.
And then picture Voldy explaining where each Death Eater needs to be standing. And then them practicing it.
kneelb4kesha reason #995 slacker voldemort couldn’t get his shit together. he was trying to perfect his standing/kneeling chart.