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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Nudge, Nudge. Wink, Wink
1:32 pm edt
I am an avid fan of Words With Friends, a fun Scrabble-like diversion played online with Facebook friends
and acquaintances – most of whom, like myself, don't take it all that seriously. But last night, I was "nudged"
after a day’s lapse in play by one of my opponents, which I found distastefully rude and disrespectful.
the uninitiated, "nudging" is prodding an opponent when a move hasn't been made in a specific length of time. The
interval used to be two days before a glaring orange "NUDGE" button appeared next to an opponent's name, which is
activated to send an impersonal, annoyingly upsetting email reminder. Zynga, the makers of WWF, has dropped the interval to
six hours, making it easy to constantly annoy other players. IMHO, however, the button shouldn't exist at all. I am neither
feeble-minded nor so irresponsible that I have to be reminded to create a word -- especially in a game I thoroughly enjoy
playing. When and if I have the time.
"Nudging" may be acceptable behavior to younger players, but not
to me. Especially when I politely asked the nudger via "Chat" not to do it again. The response? I was told to "resign"
and that I was a "poor sport" for taking so long to play. And that,
for reasons that should be obvious to the more polite and mannerly of us, I found to be more than just offensive.
It is commonly thought that "Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink" started as a Monty Python "in
joke". But, believe it or not, it was used many times in one form or another by William Shakespeare. The most memorable
is in the first act of Romeo and Juliet when Juliet's nurse tries to cajole
her to come in off the balcony while being wooed by Romeo. "Anon, dear Nurse," Juliet says over and over again;
each time more annoyed than the last. And the nurse? She keeps right on nudging. Nudge. Nudge. Nudge. Geez! Leave the kid
alone! She’s old enough to know what she’s up to. And why. (Okay, so maybe she isn't…but that’s the
crux of the play, isn’t it?)
Okay, so let's segue into the question: Who is this nurse, anyway? The Bard
doesn’t tell us much about her except that her name is Angelica. Not much else. Now let's jump ahead 600+ years to last
month when Juliet's Nurse: A Novel by Lois Leveen was released. An almost exhausting and extensive retelling of the tale, this easily could be the definitive
answer; if nothing else, it is plausible, albeit imaginative.
My review of Leveen's account
is the www.authorexposure.com posting for October 9th. Okay, so I'm a few days late blogging about it. But I didn't think you'd mind. I am sure you kindly
understand that I was busy attending to other things. And because of this, at the very least you didn't nudge me. Wink. Wink.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of
Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World
Rainbow in the Sky
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her sixth novel.