Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Not a good sign

...calling the local store of a national bookseller chain:

Argent: Do you have an individual copy of Shakespeare's King Lear?
Bookseller: Who? How do you spell that?
Argent (trying hard not to laugh): King Lear. K-I-N-G L-E-A-R.
Bookseller: Hang on. (typing sounds) Ah, you're in luck. We do have a copy.
Argent: Thank you. I'll be right there.
Bookseller: No problem.

Okay, is Shakespeare not taught in schools anymore?

3 comments:

Dan Hunter said...

Apparently not.
Neither is Latin.
Go figure.

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Years ago, when I worked on a customer service phone bank, we constantly had people calling WHO WERE U.S. CITIZENS, who did not realize that "New Mexico" is, actually a state of the Union.

DimBulb said...

Shakespeare's King Lear should not, of course, be confused with King Leer:
http://gladius-spiritus.blogspot.com/2009/07/caption-contest.html

Joseph Pearce will be on Kresta in the Afternoon today (Wednesday) at five (EST) to talk about King Lear.
http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2009/10/joseph-pearce-on-kresta-today-to-discuss-king-lear.html