Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Stepford Wife's Review of the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

OMG, is all I can say when I stumbled upon this review of my book. Okay, maybe I could say a little more...okay a lot more...but I won't. Truly, we are living in a digital age. 

Okay, I lied...I just have to say a little something about this review. First, are you kidding me? I mean, I appreciate the exposure but damn, someone please teach that narrating stepford wife how to say "gris gris"! I've said it before and I'll say it again and again and again until everyone hears me - the "s" is silent! It is not pronounced like it looks when viewed from the English language. It sounds like "gree gree." Is that too much to ask? I think the only thing worse than watching some tutorial by the various "experienced" rootworkers in the New Orleans tradition found on You Tube who also mispronounce the word while attempting to show viewers how to "authentically" create "gris gris," is hearing some computerized female voice make the same glaring mistake - in a book review! Uggh, can we not program our computers more intelligently? More...cultural specific?

I thought I spoke to this bionic woman today on the phone when I was paying my electric bill. And then again when talking to Sallie Mae about my student loans. My, she sure gets around.

Clearly, the mispronunciation of the phrase "gris gris" is a pet peeve of mine and I've owned it before. Maybe I'm being a bit of a New Orleans Voodoo Hoodoo Gris Gris Ju Ju Rootworkin' Spiritualist snob, but I don't care. Just call me honey badger. LOL (I really am laughing at myself here).

Thank you, I do appreciate the review. I don't mean to sound ungrateful (although it really isn't a book review; rather, it is more like a book description). But maybe, if you wouldn't mind, could you erase that pronunciation of the word from the computer's word bank and insert the correct pronunciation? I would be ever so grateful.

Copyright 2013 Denise Alvarado, All rights reserved worldwide.

1 comment:

  1. Denise,

    Too funny! But the generosity of the review is wildly cool. I am a FB friend of Jose Prado and follow you avidly. If Stepford Wife would have programed 'gris gris' phonetically, she would have been fine! ;D By spelling it
    "Gree, Gree" the computer will 'speak' it correctly.

    Wishing You the Best. Emily