Week 772: More Honorable Mentions

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Style Invitational's contest in which we asked readers to alter a literary passage so that it could be understood "by Los Angeles residents under 40," as an L.A. Times reader wrote in a letter to the editor complaining that there were too many big words in a movie review:

William Shakespeare:"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears."

Andrea Kelly, Brookeville:"Hey, YO! Up here."

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The Gospels according to Russell Beland, Springfield: OMG! We respect you, but can we please have our bread now? And we hope you agree trespassing is no big deal. Don't go offering us any of that nasty stuff, cause we might be tempted. But, you know, we think you're the best.

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Abraham Lincoln:"With malice toward none, with charity for all . . ."

John Kupiec, Fairfax:"I love you, you love me, we're a happy family . . ."

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Juliet: "What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title. Romeo, doff thy name and for thy name which is no part of thee take all myself."

Romeo: "I take thee at thy word. Call me but love and I'll be new baptized."

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