5 April 2011

Only for philologists

I heard, on the wireless, a young woman with an exotically, positively rococo, East End accent say that 'Mel C'* was her "me:er". I'm fairly sure that this is Estuary English for "Mentor". Not very Hellenic ...

*I think 'Mel C' may have been one of the "Spice Girls". I was still in teaching when these phenomena were live, so I had them explained to me. No? ... ah, well ...

4 comments:

GOR said...

"Mel C" = "Sporty Spice", apparently...

Good recollection Father. Obviously you were well 'instructed' back then!

This was not from personal knowledge, however. Google does come in handy betimes.

Sadie Vacantist said...

Mel B, Mel C. Am I alone in finding the absence of a Mel A disconcerting? These people could at least emerge in sequence.

AndrewWS said...

The p-in-c of the eponymous church in Oxford is wont to describe St Mary Magdalen(e) as the first Spice Girl.

Joshua said...

Mel A Noma?