A Really Awful Valediction re Downton Abbey?


How Green was My Valet

If he came from Wales!

Now Downton, I must say,

On saying it, fails.

Valet

What justification

To call them ‘vallit’?

American’sation

Is there, quite a bit!

Valet 2

Though dictionary

Does offer ‘lit’ first,

That’s  fiction-ary

From gentry to burst.

Valet 3

Of those who’ve had valets,

I’ve known quite a few;

They rhymed them with ‘chalets’,

As all should still do.

valet 4

For even though Brits may

Beaulieu ‘Bewlee’ call

They still won’t take ‘valet’

As ‘vallit’ to maul.

© February 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)
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12 Responses to A Really Awful Valediction re Downton Abbey?

  1. Patrecia (with an E) says:

    Oh my Goodness..You do not like Downton….I thought it was fantastic but then I am a romantic and love tales from a time before even if sometimes they are far fetched…My other favourite is Mr Selfridge ..of and dont for get Judge John Deed a very old series.

    On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 10:10 PM, Colonialists Blog wrote:

    > colonialist posted: “How Green was My Valet If he came from Wales! Now > Downton, I must say, On saying it, fails. What justification To call them > ‘vallit’? American’sation Is there, quite a bit! Though dictionary Does > offer ‘lit’ first, Th” >

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    • colonialist says:

      I enjoy the show, but question how they pronounce some words and use expressions which are unlikely for the era.

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      • Patrecia (with an E) says:

        Maybe it is like curry which is tailored to suit the tastes of the English palate in modern time rather than the true India taste…Downton is the same with language..nobody would understand if they spoke the English as it might have been spoken…I think……

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  2. calmgrove says:

    I baulked too, but subsequently read somewhere that ‘val-it’ was authentic in the UK in the early 20C. I may not like it, but there’s nowt as queer as … custom.

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  3. Tom Merriman says:

    It’s vallay to me Col. The one who does it to the car is the vallitor.

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  4. Pussycat44 says:

    I detest the American pronunciation of herbs as ‘erbs.

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