Monday, November 10, 2008

Best Line Heard from an Indonesian Visitor

"Why do you silly people call them Victorians? She was never your queen."

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6 Comments:

At 11:34 AM, Blogger rich bachelor said...

Well, just for the fun of it, what should we call them instead?

I'm thinking 'gingerbread', or 'gablers' perhaps.

 
At 12:03 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Rich - Perhaps we could name them after some of our presidents from that era. "Tafty" has a nice ring to it, I think.

 
At 6:58 AM, Anonymous The Angry Young Man said...

Christ almighty, it's good to know that profound ignorance isn't simply the domain of the Americans...

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Angry - What, are you saying Victoria was the Queen of America too?

 
At 7:00 PM, Anonymous The Angry Young Man said...

Don't be silly. The Victorian Era is referred to as such because of the immense cultural influence the British Empire had on the entire Western World during the 19th Century. British culture impacted everything from social conventions to architecture.

The two most prevalent styles of Victorian architecture in SF, Italianette and Queen Anne, were initially made popular by British architects in Britain and were copied here. Describing them as Victorian is completely appropriate.

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Angry - My friend and I stand corrected and informed. However, I prefer the works of Louis Sullivan, for the record.

 

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