Get it right

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Message 32346 · 4 Nov 2002 14:33:13 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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I have to agree with Malcom (also Pia [I think]), in
that communication is the issue, and if the dancers
are not confused about what dance is intended, what
is the point at issue.

There is probably a good reason for the missing
articles since data based files usually omit them so
that the dances can be more easily found in the
collating sequence. Besides, getting the names wrong
has a long tradition in Scotland.

1. It is so frustrating trying to find dances in old
indexes when one must check in several places because
they used to keep the O[h], The, and A[n] in the
titles so where modern systems would list the dance
as "Machine ..., the", the older system would place
this dance under "T" for "The Machine ...."
2. Sometimes it is hard to find dances because of
changes of rank or marital status. There are tunes
that start life as the Marquis of X´s ..., and then
become the Duke of X´s ... (usually Hanovarian
turncoats after the ´45). Than there are the tunes
that start as "Miss X of Y" and end up as "Mrs (or
Lady) X of Z.
3. Then there are the really confusing titles where
one version lists the tune name, another the title of
the song, and another the first line of the poetry.
4. Other´s such as General Stuart, are just wrong
because someone scratched out the original general
and inserted a new one in our source document
(Menzies Ms). Or another from the same source where
the Society used the wrong translation, as in the
case where "Menzies Rant" refers to monastic people
when the correct Gaelic would refer to metalurgic
people [Menzies in Scotland is Manners {as in "coal
mahners" in England, and the family is French in the
first place].

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