Bernard Pivot Blogfest! (and a giveaway!)

To celebrate her 500th follower (I know, right? *awesome*) The fabulous Nicole Ducleroir is having a blogfest!  But this is not your plain old blogfest, this is a BPB… a Bernard Pivot Blogfest and giveaway!

To add to the fun:  MY *almost* 100 FOLLOWERS GIVEAWAY is going on right now too!  See yesterdays’ post for all the fun details.  Enter before NOON 2/19 SATURDAY.

Read on, and then head over to Nicole’s website for a list of all the participating bloggers!

Anyone who’s watched Inside the Actor’s Studio will be familiar with the questionnaire.  The show’s host, James Lipton, asks it of every celebrity guest at the close of the interview. The questionnaire was originally created by Bernard Pivot, a French journalist, for the cultural series he hosted on French television from 1991-2001, called Bouillon de Culture.

Okay, here are my responses to Bernard Pivot’s famous questionnaire:

1. What is your favorite word?  Mondegreen.  I have loved this word since the moment we met.  It first appeared in Harper’s Magazine from the 50’s (1954, I believe). The word was coined by Sylvia Wright in a wonderful essay she wrote for the magazine in which she, as a girl, was having a poem read aloud to her by her mother. She heard how they had “slain the Earl Amurray/And Lady Mondegreen.” 

The essay went on and the author laments briefly that she never understood what happened to the poor Lady Mondegreen, having built her up in her imagination because she died with such honor for the man she loved.  “The other ladies may have pretended they loved the Earl, but where were they?” She muses that they are drinking wine somewhere, with the Queen probably.

Later we learn that the poem actually goes “they slain the Earl Amurray/and laid him on the green.  “I know about this,” the author writes, “but I won’t give in to it.” 

The innocence she captures as she relates this and some other fabulous mis-hearings in her essay has cemented this word Mondegreen and her essay as favorites of mine. 

2. What is your least favorite word? Myriad, when used as a noun.  There are a myriad of reasons why this feels wrong to me.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  Humor.  I think that good honest humor fuels all things creative and spiritual for me. There is nothing more powerful than a good sense of humor when it comes to everyday living.  Not everything is funny in life, but the ability to laugh at yourself is a gift.

4. What turns you off? Dealing with negativity.  In myself or others. Negative people are a complete drain; I avoid them, and I try to avoid being one. Yeah – ugh.

5. What is your favorite curse word? I have young ones running around my house so I have (tried) to calm down my natural urge toward profanity. For example, instead of shouting the already tamed-down “Jesus Christ!” in the heat of the moment I have re-trained myself to say “Christmas!”  This is actually quite satisfying.  Besides, Jesus has already had to deal with enough crap in his life that he doesn’t need me abusing him.  However, nothing can replace the feeling you get when you can mumble a nice, slow, low… motherf**ker

6. What sound or noise do you love? I love the sound of bagpipes.  If ever I have experienced a pull toward something that feels like race memory, bagpipes would be it.  

7. What sound or noise do you hate?  Whining in all forms. My kids, your kids, strangers’ kids, adults, myself… just stoppit already, jeez.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  I would love to have a gigantic greenhouse.  I think I must have been a gardener in a past life.  I am no good at it now…

9. What profession would you not like to do?  Sky Diver.  Yeah – you can have that one.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Come, sit down, have a Guinness.

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