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It's been a while since I've done a poll.

Derek shirtless and hurting
So let's do one! ONLY IMPORTANT PEOPLE OF HIGH INTELLIGENCE/SKILLS SHOULD DARE TAKE THIS POLL. You might hurt yourself, otherwise.

I MESSED UP. You can't edit these, boo. LLotP = LHotP. Or maybe I mean the grungy, diesel-punk spin off, Little Louse on the Pra- no, I just messed up. *hangs head*
Poll #1952234 Random Questions Of Seriousness And Seriousity

You picked a

fine time to leave me, Lucille.
38(35.5%)
400 children (ahaha) and a crop and a field.
12(11.2%)
that was how I heard that as a kid, not "Four hungry children."
10(9.3%)
what is this gibberish? <-- checking this means you don't get the reference
13(12.1%)
<-- checking this means you enjoy checking boxes
34(31.8%)

I would like to answer a few questions about Little House, the books, because I am well-versed/reasonably well-versed in them

yes
26(42.6%)
no (you'll have a question just for you, coming up)
35(57.4%)

Re: LLotP. A pairing I wish had been explored:

Laura/Cap Gardner
5(13.9%)
Mary Power/Cap Gardner
4(11.1%)
Almanzo/Cap Gardner
9(25.0%)
Cap Gardner/anyone
10(27.8%)
I hated Cap Gardner with his charm and smiles and bags of candy because I hate sunshine.
8(22.2%)

RE: LLotP. My feelings on Ma are:

that she was the WORST. Just hateful, that one.
2(2.4%)
such a racist!
4(4.8%)
misogynist!
2(2.4%)
spirit-killer!
3(3.6%)
okay, she was a product of her time.
19(22.6%)
YEAH, NO, OKAY. She made Laura give away her corn cob doll.
16(19.0%)
She hated Indians even though they tried to SAVE HER LIFE.
15(17.9%)
she clearly preferred Mary over Laura, and that is terrible.
23(27.4%)

Re: LLotP. When reading these books, I pronounced slough:

slew
9(20.9%)
sluff
21(48.8%)
slowg
10(23.3%)
sloof
3(7.0%)

FINALLY. A NON-LLOTP QUESTION. So!

Fries?
30(25.4%)
Nachos?
31(26.3%)
Tacos?
29(24.6%)
Some unholy mix of all three?
21(17.8%)
A sad box of raisins - inexplicably dry AND sticky - that you found between the cushions and you're so damn hungry that you'll eat it?
7(5.9%)

I will never understand how your brain works, Laura.

YOU'RE NOT MY REAL DAD.
22(25.0%)
I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THIS.
7(8.0%)
WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT.
8(9.1%)
Seriously, someone give me a taco.
51(58.0%)


Fun fact! I didn't know for years that it was pronounced "slew." I said "sluff." This is what comes of a lonely childhood and lots of quiet reading time: you figure out how to pronounce things on your own.

ION, I have reached a sort of max-density when it comes to pictures of Tyler Hoechlin. I now feel a physical ache in my chest at the sight of him and have to scroll past. THERE IS TOO MUCH ATTRACTIVE/NICE BOY STUFF HAPPENING and it hurts me, guys. It hurts me.

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shadowvalkyrie
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
Stoney, no! You made me hurt myself with your difficult poll of difficultness! :(
stoney321
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
I TOLD YOU IT WAS SUPER HARD.

...did you even warm up with some gentle running in place or some jumping jacks?? *tsk tsk*
wesleysgirl
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
Your poll hurt my head because I can't figure out why it's LLotP.
stoney321
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHA

OMG, I just got to rolling and didn't notice I doubled the L. AHAHA. DERP.
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wesleysgirl
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I totally thought it was sluff. Rhymes with rough.
stoney321
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
ME, TOO. For years and years I said it that way! I was shocked to hear how they pronounced it. AND THEY ARE WRONG. /Sluff for life! ;D
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turnonmyheels
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
I was that kid who sang every song ever as loudly as they could. Each and every time I sang 400 children all the grown ups around me would laugh and laugh.

I was 35 when I figured out what so damn funny

misheard song lyrics ftw
stoney321
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
You totally had to SHOUT: FOUR HUNDRED CHILDREN AND A CROP AND A FIELD! Lol.

My parents had a country-western band and would sing this song, bringing my sister and me up on stage to sing if we were in attendance, and the audience would always crack up.
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brunettepet
Jan. 15th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
I do not even remember who Cap Gardner is *hangs head in shame*
stoney321
Jan. 15th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
The boy who went with Almanzo to get the seed wheat during the long winter!
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jaysons_lady
Jan. 15th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
I pronounced it "Sloff".
I didn't know it was "slew" until I read this!

And judging from the questions, it has been /way/ too long since I've read Little House. I don't even remember most of that.
stoney321
Jan. 15th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Time to read them again!
janedavitt
Jan. 15th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
I called it slow to rhyme with cow (slaow) so I could not do the ticky ::is sad:;
stoney321
Jan. 15th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
I DENIED YOU A TICKY?! *covers self in ashes and sackcloth*
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ladycyndra
Jan. 15th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
You are SO NOT MY REAL DAD!!!! Also, fries every fucking time. With tacos.
stoney321
Jan. 16th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
FRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIES
kita0610
Jan. 15th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
I liked Ma, actually. She was totally all those things in the poll, but yeah, in the end, a product of her time. Also she was pretty bad ass, when she pressed that burning bit of coal on her own leg to stop the infection and then managed to smash the window out so Pa could find her before she passed out from the pain? Damn, woman.

Trufax though: Papa Ingalls was totally my first daddy!kink crush. Hubba.
stoney321
Jan. 15th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ma was tough, and make no mistake about it. I loved her smarts, to be sure.

(LOL.)

Papa Ingalls and Laura had (and still have) the best daddy-daughter relationship of all time, followed closely by Veronica and Papa Mars, and Faith and The Mayor.
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txvoodoo
Jan. 15th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
So...apparently Laura had a big crush on Cap IRL.

stoney321
Jan. 15th, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, it's pretty evident in the books, too. SHE SETTLED.
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harmonyfb
Jan. 15th, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
"Slough" = "Sluff". Says this Southerner. I dunno how them Yankees pronounce it, but they're clearly wrong. If they lived here, they'd know better. ;)
stoney321
Jan. 16th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Ha, BUT. Since they're books about Northerners, we have to pronounce it that way!

BUT YES, SLUFF.
tchrgleek
Jan. 15th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Nachos for the win! Also, I love LHOTP! Thanks for the laugh on a crappy day.
stoney321
Jan. 16th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Seriously, freaking nachos, right?! MMMMM.

YOU ARE WELCOME.
cindergal
Jan. 15th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
Alas, I am only well versed in the TV show, where Ma was quite lovely and I had a possibly inappropriately mad crush on Pa (I was, like 12). But - Michael Landon! And he could play the fiddle! I read the books but I can't really remember much.

And I totally said "slou" but you didn't have that up there so I picked the closest one - I thought the gh was silent.

This is what comes of a lonely childhood and lots of quiet reading time: you figure out how to pronounce things on your own.

Yup, that explains it.
stoney321
Jan. 16th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
The TV show is SO DIFFERENT from the books, as far as characterization goes. Ma was so quiet and insistent on her girls being seen, not heard, moving softly, giving their things away, never exploring, sitting, sitting, sitting. TV Laura was far more rambunctious and outgoing than Book Laura ever was. (Bumps! I loved her apple boobs rolling down the aisle and hitting Miss Beetle's shoe. Oh, TV Laura...)

WAIT. HOW DO YOU SAY SLOU? Sloo? Or Slow? Or ow-like-cow?

There are so many words I learned how to pronounce YEARS after I learned their meanings for just that reason.
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gillo
Jan. 15th, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
Actually, I pronounce the word "sl-ow", to rhyme with "plow/plough", because there's a town in Berkshire (pron: Bark - shy-er) with that name and a poem about how bombs should destroy it.

When I read the Little House books I just saw Ma through Laura's eyes, and didn't criticise her. I was young.

Fries are chips and are always the answer.
stoney321
Jan. 16th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
Ha! Someone else has linked to that very poem!! <3 <3 <3

"and didn't criticize her." Yes, you wouldn't have as Laura, would you? *gives you an extra corn cob doll Mr. Edwards brought all the way from Independence.*
aimeelicious
Jan. 16th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
I answered the LHotP questions even though I said I didn't want to. So there.
stoney321
Jan. 16th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
You are WALKING A THIN LINE, LADY. A mighty thin line. ;D
maevebran
Jan. 16th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
I love the Little House books and when I was in MO in October, I went to the Laura and Almanzo's Rocky Ridge Farm. I didn't know that Laura didn't start writing the books until she was 65.
mpoetess
Jan. 16th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
I didn't pronounce it at all, since I didn't read it out loud and had no one to talk about corn husk dollies with, but my mental verbal whateverthefuck image of it was "slow" to rhyme with though.

His big hands were callused, he looked liked a mountain, for a minute I thought I was dead, but he started shakin; his big heart was breakin'. He turned to the woman and said....

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entrenous88
Jan. 16th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
We have similar goals, as it turns out. *pokes icon*
entrenous88
Jan. 16th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
I did not realize Ma was so freaking awful! I only know TV-MA. Which makes it seem like it's TV rated Mature, and now I definitely want to tune in.
fiveandfour
Jan. 16th, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
I pronounced slough...as "sloff" (rhymes with "trough"). I don't even know how long it took me to realize that the slough ("slew") down the road was the same thing as the "sloff" I was reading in books. Eeee-jit.

OK, I answered the questions...now where's my taco?!?

P.S. I guess I'm going to have to re-read some Little House books because I don't recall all that much about Ma.

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mrmonkeybottoms
Jan. 17th, 2014 03:59 am (UTC)
Um, yeah. I was a HUGE fan of the books. HUGE. HUUUUUUUGE. I still remember asking my Uncle (I lived with my Aunt and Uncle as a young child) for money for the Schoolastic book order paper the teacher gave us so I could order Little House on the Prairie. He did and I was so excited when it arrived. And my love affair for the series began.

DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE TV SERIES OK??? MICHAEL LANDON WAS *****NOT**** THE PA INGALLS OF THE BOOKS. HE WAS ENTIRELY TOO YOUNG. AND WHERE WAS HIS **********BEARD********* FOR GOD'S SAKE???? SHE ONLY MENTIONS HIS BEARD 29383793486283663 TIMES IN THE BOOKS.

Ok. Rant over. Sorry about that.
stoney321
Jan. 17th, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
I. COULDN'T. AGREE. MORE.

I mean, okay, Michael Landon was great and all, but he was not Pa Ingalls. THE WHISKERS. WHERE WERE THE WHISKERS. And THE most important thing about Pa was his shared wanderlust with Laura. And the fiddle! WHERE WERE THE SONGS AT THE END OF THE DAY.

OMG, those Scholastic order forms! Those were the best days of grade school, right??
kseenaa
Jan. 30th, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
I never watched much of the series, just an episode here and there. I know mom loved it though. Still does, I think. I can thank her for loving The High Chaparral and How The West Was Won (know as Macahan Family in Sweden). The High Chaparral still remains a favorite of mine, and I now own the whole thing on DVD. Long live modern inventions! :-D

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