Last week I watched the ‘drama’ unfold on the Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Part two, and as always, I thought it was better than a soup opera. But I could be wrong, soup operas could be taking a second seat to the real housewives of New Jersey and the writers might have to ratchet up their story lines a notch or two.
The promised drama of the Real Housewives of New Jersey Season Two Reunion show was not a disappointment.
In the first part of the program Danielle asks Teresa if she acknowledged her nephew.
Teresa explodes. She goes after Danielle like she’s going to kill her.
She uses language that would rival that of Nicky Santora’s (the mafia enforcer played by Joe Pesci in the movie Casino), and Andy Cohen attempts to stop her.
She pushes him away (like he was a rag doll) and Andy asserts himself and leads her back into her seat. Do not, he says, get out of this chair!
She tells Andy that Danielle isn’t “worth it”—isn’t worth what?—being shoved and verbally abused? Andy makes Teresa promise that she will not get out of her chair for the rest of the show.
Caroline Manzo looks like she would rather be anywhere else but where she is, and the reunion drama continues to unfold.
Now, I understand that all this is just orchestrated drama for the viewing audience, but there is one thing that isn’t ‘produced’ by the producers, and that is how two of the drama queens, Teresa, and Danielle talk “in every episode.”
I’m not criticizing their grammar faux pas, (anyone can make mistakes in writing and speaking, and I’m sure that there are even grammatical mistakes in this article, but it is their rationalizations to Andy Cohen (when he calls them on it) that annoys me.
Andy says that the New Jersey Housewives ‘speak a language he just don’t understand’ and then he runs the tape to illustrate his point.
On the tape we hear Danielle repeatedly say woman for women (“All four of those womans”, “ There’s an animal thrown in with those womans”etc.) and when Andy ask if she’s aware that’s she using the singular form of the word rather than the plural form, she smiles and says, yes, it has been pointed out to her many times.
“So the plural of woman is?”, Andy ask.
Danielle gives him her I’m so cool look and then says, woman.
Andy corrects her, “Women” he says and when the camera goes to Teresa, she repeats the word, and her expression seems to say “I’m sure glad Andy caught her (the coke whore Bitch) on that word and not me.
Danielle then responds with: “Maybe I just don’t say it like the rest of the world.”
What is this ‘woman’ trying to say?— that the rest of the world (I assumed English speaking world) knows the difference between the singular and plural version of the noun woman, but she’s ‘above proper grammar” and that makes her special?
Teresa says, (in the same tone of voice as my kids are on the honor roll—(whoops, that probably wouldn’t apply!
She says in the same tone of voice as “My kids always have bows in their hair “, “I always say Sangwick“
Oh super cute, if you’re four years old! When Cohen asked if sangwick is an Italian expression, she said no, it’s my expression. “I like the way I say it. That’s what makes me.”
Yeah, Teresa, it also ‘makes’ you sound a little slow. Like when you said that Danielle house is ‘skanky‘ and should be revenerated.
Danielle quips that that we’re “allowed to have our own language.”
Say what? Who says so? Bravo? What part of their Bravo contract allows them ” to have their own language?” (But then again if the New Jersey Housewife drama pulls in enough ratings they would be allowed to have their own private island.)
Now the audacity of these two “womans’, I mean “women”, (I’ve been watching the New Jersey Housewives too long) is that they tend to explain and excuse their malapropisms.
It seems to me when someone is corrected (in a nice way) the average person would make a mental note not to make that mistake again.
But I’m talking about the average woman. And the average woman is not Danielle Staub or Teresa Giudice.
These two drama queens seem to think that they’re too important to abide by a few rules, let alone a few rules in grammar.
English is a difficult language to begin with. According WikiAnswers, English is a difficult language because is has many Germanic words, Latin words, and French words.
Moreover, it has the most amounts of words than any other language in the world. It contains over 900,000 words, and that means that there is at least 2 or 3 ways of saying anything in English.
Not to mention, are you listening Danielle?, English words are not pronounced they way they are spelt.
Are the housewives smarter than a third grader?
To some viewers (as preposterous as it seems) the Housewives of New Jersey are role models; would it be too much to expect that they pay some attention on how they come across (talk) on national television?