It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...
derspatchel

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Okay, new Who fans, help me out with something which has been bothering me since Saturday night. We call this segment


You keep using that word.
I do not think it means
what you think it means.


For context, Merriam-Webster sez...
proc·la·ma·tion
Pronunciation: \ˌprä-klə-ˈmā-shən\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English proclamacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin proclamation-, proclamatio, from proclamare
Date: 14th century
1: the action of proclaiming : the state of being proclaimed
2: something proclaimed; specifically : an official formal public announcement
Where in this definition does it say "See also: group of cops in space"?

I'm serious here. It's been grating on my nerves, grate grate grate, ever since last Saturday's episode when we discovered what the Shadow Proclamation was, and we also discovered that Russell T. Davies has been using an entirely new and exciting definition of the word "proclamation" than what we'd known before.

Up until now, when we've heard the name (which is admittedly an awesome I Just Made Something Cool Up kind of name) it seems to have pertained to an actual proclamation, some kind of intergalactic peacekeeping document with rules and laws and whatnot. The Doctor invokes Convention 15 of the Shadow Proclamation to demand a hostile alien race identify itself and then open negotiations. Group of laws.

But then Naughty Space Nanny in the Fat Kids episode is told that "the Shadow Proclamation" has been alerted to her deeds of bad. Wait, what?

Finally we get to The Stolen Earth, where Doctordonnafriend go hippity-skippity over to the Shadow Proclamation Base and we realize that no, apparently "Proclamation" really does mean "group" nowadays. How'd this get corrupted? It was cool when it was a set of laws and conventions in the Awesome Stuff I Just Made Up category. Now it seems to be in the Awesome Stuff I Just Made Up But Didn't Think All The Way Through So It Doesn't Make A Lick Of Sense If You Stop To Think About It category, unless someone here can point me to an actual secondary usage of the word that does seem to define a group.

A better word would've been "Consortium", I think. Yeah, "The Shadow Consortium" has a nice ring to it, and the document they could use and enforce could still be the Shadow Proclamation. But perhaps Rusty plays World of Warcraft and didn't want another group of space mummies running about.

Or perhaps these rhino cops and their crazy white-haired pals are big fans of 60s pop and psychedelia, and since "The Association", "Big Brother and the Holding Company" and "Federal Duck" were all taken, decided to come up with another awesomely authoritative-sounding name. I dunno. Your guess is as good as mine at this point.
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