a cure for my pain
Posted by Caroline on September 12, 1997 at 15:27:56:
In response to use of "Belgium" in a screenplay, written by Jessamyn on September 11, 1997 at 00:34:36
] Have you ever read Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series? Somewhere in one of the later books, the hero, Arthur Dent, goes to a party on another planet where someone has just won an award for Most Gratuitous Use of the Word "Belgium" in a Screenplay.
] It turns out that although everyone he meets out in the rest of the universe is incredibly jaded and doesn't turn a hair at any earth swear-words, "Belgium" means something so awful that no one can even bear to explain it to him. "Belgium?" says Arthur incredulously, and goes on to describe it as a completely innocuous country in Europe about which he knows almost nothing. Everyone at the party is appalled.
] I think Emma just won the award.
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