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Linguistics"I didn't know you could speak Irish." Dawn found it endearing that Spike was multilingual.

"I can't."

There went that idea. "But you knew what Fuilteach meant."

Spike leant back in his chair. "You get called a bloody idiot by Angel often enough and you pick up on these things. I can swear and order beer in several languages if it's any help."

"I'm sure that skill will come in handy." Dawn mused that sometimes it was better to hold your tongue and think the best rather than have your beliefs turn out to be far less interesting in reality.


open_on_sundaychallenge #75: silence
Part of the Rome!verse and the London!verse

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laridian
30th Aug, 2004 11:25 (UTC)
Ah, how true... :) Very cute ficlet.
redwolf
30th Aug, 2004 12:04 (UTC)
It's about the extent of my language skills.
wednesdaya
30th Aug, 2004 11:35 (UTC)
Trust Spike to know how to swear in several different languages ::hehehehe:: Great Piece. Oh, BTW I love Rome!verse ^_^
redwolf
30th Aug, 2004 12:05 (UTC)
Thanks! I know how to swear in several languages. Who says you don't learn anything from SBS and World Movies.
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redwolf
30th Aug, 2004 12:09 (UTC)
Ooo... Cute new icon...

Never let it be said that he doesn't have his priorities right.

Bring me beer. Now, fuck off. What more do you need?
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willshenilshe
30th Aug, 2004 12:31 (UTC)
Quite, quite true. Very nice piece.
redwolf
31st Aug, 2004 02:33 (UTC)
Thanks. It is one of the oddities of learning languages.
anythingbutfait
30th Aug, 2004 12:53 (UTC)
Very cute, but would Angel really say 'bloody idiot'?
pheral
30th Aug, 2004 15:47 (UTC)
i think i have a buffy episode on dvd, with a flashback to angel and spikes earlier years, when angel does actually call him that. and in a rather shabby irish accent too :P
radia
30th Aug, 2004 21:04 (UTC)
Ah, the shabby Irish accent. The true reason that Angel "lost" his brogue. James Marsters makes a very convincing Brit. David Boreanaz does not have the same such skill with his supposed Irish roots. ::snerk::

Any clue what episode it is? I'm curious as to when he says it, but am far too lazy to extract myself from my chair to pop the DVD into my PS2 and actually watch Fool For Love(which I'm guessing is the episode in question). That'd like, require actual effort and stuff.
pheral
30th Aug, 2004 21:26 (UTC)
totally, Marsters accent shows many other actors up. and Poor old Davids was so typically bad, so much so that i know people that model thier own perceptions of the way irish talk on it, and then dont believe a true irish accent when they hear it LOL (and grrrrr also).

It is 'Fool For Love', indeed. When they are in the drains i think, discussing Spikes more than reckless treatment of his vampire-condition and abilities. Cant be sure he says it exactly, but it definitely rang a bell.
i need to make a spike icon...
redwolf
30th Aug, 2004 23:00 (UTC)
In Irish, yes. That's how Spike picked it up.
radia
30th Aug, 2004 15:41 (UTC)
I refuse to relinquish my belief that Spike can speak several languages, but that doesn't make this any less amusing. Giving his already colorful assemblage of insults in English, I'm extremely curious to what he can whip up in other languages. Touring around Europe with him would be fun, especially when people piss him off. Bwaha.
redwolf
31st Aug, 2004 02:34 (UTC)
Well, this only establishes that he only has a smattering of Irish.
pheral
30th Aug, 2004 15:46 (UTC)
so very true. the internet and outside sources are definitely the write place for learning foreign swearing... i learnt my lesson when years ago i asked my norwegian friend to teach me the harshest insult she could think of, and she taught me to say 'lawnmover'. She caved in and told the truth a few weeks later though, cos she said i was staring to tarnish her view of garden electronics! hehe... it's not just the word, its the malice behind it... >:D
redwolf
31st Aug, 2004 02:37 (UTC)
In Australia, we have SBS and World Movies to bring as the joys of swearing via foreign films. We get subtitles, rather than dubs, hence the learning of swearing and the knowledge that the translator didn't translate the swearing exactly.

Swedish death metal can be amusing. Some of the bands insist on singing in English, but their English is the very proper language they learned in school and the lack of swearing and general idioms is pretty funny in context.
tinpanalley
30th Aug, 2004 17:10 (UTC)

Don't forget his fluency in Fyarl! Too cute!
redwolf
31st Aug, 2004 02:38 (UTC)
But do Fyarl demons serve beer?
jetis
30th Aug, 2004 19:50 (UTC)
Spike is such a rebel and Dawn seems to fall into his trap each time.

I can swear and order beer in several languages if it's any help.

As can I. We have so much in common.
redwolf
31st Aug, 2004 02:39 (UTC)
It's funny the things you learn first.

Good to get the basics right though. You can get a quenching ale and tell the local with his hand on your arse where to go.
irishvampire13
16th Nov, 2004 20:41 (UTC)
~~It's funny the things you learn first.~~

Blegh. Not to butt in (again), but that's all too true. First Irish (and German, come to think of it) I ever learned from my guy was a bit of swearing (he told me that *after* the fact) and how to order Guinness. Knowing that I don't drink. *makes a face* Nice.
redwolf
16th Nov, 2004 22:03 (UTC)
Guinness is, well, Guinness. Strangely, dark, and tasting slightly burnt. Not a fan of it, even though it does look pretty.
leni_ba
30th Aug, 2004 20:09 (UTC)
*laughs* Somehow I do believe Spike would learn a language just to swea and order beer. *ggg*
redwolf
31st Aug, 2004 02:40 (UTC)
Quite possibly he would.
chessie_reeves
31st Aug, 2004 06:43 (UTC)
You added a lot of dimension to this !verse with one hundred words. Very cool! Your Spike makes me smile.
redwolf
31st Aug, 2004 06:56 (UTC)
Many thanks, I'm just happy you're enjoying the ride.
julieoh
7th Sep, 2004 17:13 (UTC)
I liked this one. Languages is another semi-kink of mine, so reading about him speaking a few words in many languages made me happier than the idea that he'd be fluent in just the one. I can just see him casually tossing that off while leaning back in a chair looking bored, too.
redwolf
27th Sep, 2004 08:15 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay getting back to you. I do seem to be making something of a habit of scratching your kinks.
julieoh
27th Sep, 2004 17:03 (UTC)
You do, don't you? Odd, that. I'd say all those years in the Harem together managed to rub off, but we've hardly written any fic in the last few years at all.
redwolf
27th Sep, 2004 23:51 (UTC)
I hadn't written for years until I hit LJ and discovered challenges. The muse likes challenges. It could have mentioned this earlier.
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