Nice, I guess, but really, who writes these words?

The Encephalitis Society is partnering with the Hannibal Team to bring awareness to the disease ( remember, Will Graham suffered from it.) See here.

Early on, we made the connection/coincidence between Will Graham’s Encephalitis ( remember, he drew a correct clock. for which Hannibal substituted an image tending to prove Encephalitis?) and Richard Armitage’s recent role in Brain on Fire, in which Susannah Cahalan was also tested for Encephalitis, including the task of drawing a clock.

All good.

But here is a line from The Encephalitis Society’s press release initiating its charity drive:

A big screen version of Brain on Fire will be released in 2016, starring Chloe Grace-Moretz and Richard Armitage, who we are sure Hannibal fans will be all too familiar with!

You see, this is where, maybe I can be abrasive – this is terrible writing. The phrase ” all too familiar with,” is no compliment. It’s a pejorative phrase – something the writer probably didn’t mean, but said anyway.


Meanwhile, you can buy the T-shirt, or make a donation ( see original link.)

Thanks to Micra for passing this along

5 thoughts on “Nice, I guess, but really, who writes these words?

  1. Will does actually have encephalitis and exhibits seizures and hallucinations in the last three episodes of season one. Lecter does the clock test on him which proves it but he withholds the information and uses his hallucinations to persuade him that he is a mass murderer. It’s only when he collapses and is taken to hospital where the test is done again does he finally receive treatment. I can see why Hannibal and this society would be working together. And, btw, I didn’t read that expression as you did: I just assumed that it was saying that Hannibal fans would be very, very familiar with RA and were also likely, because of their tastes, to be familiar with Chloe Grace-Moretz – although, now that you point it out, I’m not denying that it could be read in a pejorative way – although why would Hannibal fans do this?


  2. There is no other way to read the plain words of the phrase – ” all too familiar.” It means, more or less, something ( someone) seen, heard, encountered, too much. I think the writer meant to say Hannibal fans would certainly know Richard Armitage – he/she used an incorrect and unfortunate phrase. It isn’t about how Hannibal fans choose to interpret the phrase – it’s about what the words actually mean.


  3. It looks like something my students could have written with complete disregard for the connotations of the phrase “all too familiar with”. My students would think – based on poor lexical research skills – that this is a positive phrase equivalent to “to be familiar with” and “know very well”. The piece could have been written by a non-native speaker. If it’s not, then it would seem the author has a bone to pick with RA.

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