Pygmalion

Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard direct a film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play about elocution and overcoming class barriers: Pygmalion (1938). Pat and I conflate Shaw and main character Henry Higgins, probably unfairly, to complain about ideas that still plague society: "we can all be equal, as long as you act like me." (Shaw, as a socialist, was certainly a supporter of the plight of the working class, but as a believer in eugenics he probably still deserves some criticism of his views of equality of all.) Higgins is, of course, meant to be unlikeable, but that never stopped anyone from liking him (see the popularity of My Fair Lady, which turns the whole thing into a love story between Higgins and pupil Eliza Doolittle) so yeah. What's up with that, dumb people?

Anyway! Since Pat and I are both students of language this episode is mostly complaining about people who think there's even a such thing as some sort of unchanging "proper English". Enjoy?