Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 09:06:09 -0400
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: TRAINSPOTTING movie slang
The movie TRAINSPOTTING was a big hit in Britain and opens on these
shores today. It's set in the working-class Edinburgh suburb of Leith and is
based on a book by Irvine Welsh. The title comes from the British hobby of
keeping obsessive notes about trains.
American readers should be aware that the American release of the movie
has several sections of dialogue re-recorded so that it would be
easier to understand. Even the British release irons out a lot of
the Scots that appears in the book. The book is fascinating from a
language POV; any effort to read it would be well repaid. There are
also a few sections in the book where characters make comments about
their own language, and where speakers of standard Scots are unable
to understand the basilectal speech of the main characters.
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com