Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Love the Language

I love languages. There's just something about the shapes of letters, sounds of words, that keeps me fascinated (though not as much as this guy. Enjoy, it's a sweet article!). I'm not particularly GOOD at languages, but I do know some bizarre phrases... I got another one for my collection; My lizard fell down the back of the sofa again is "mijn hagedis is weer achter de bank gevallen..." in Nederland Dutch.

I can ask for "rød grød med fløde" which is red berry compote and cream in Danish, or likewise inform somene that "Jeg har spilde kaffe på myreslugeren"- I spilt coffee on the anteater. I can give sage advice in German "Kluge kleine Katzen kratzen keine Krokodile." - Clever little cats don't scratch crocodiles. I can also tell a joke to computers: 010101000110100001100101011100100110010100100000011000010111001001
1000110111101101110001001110111010000101110- "
There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that understand Binary, and those that don't."

But my favourite sentence in the whole world is one from our very own, awkward language, purely for the dual way it can be read, and the visuals that accompany it: "Fruit flies like a banana!"

Which is why it makes me SO angry to see so many people letting it slide. "No ow u feel or wen ppl luk dwn at me al the tym lyk im stupid or sumit u k hun x" - the writer will remain unnamed, but f'jazus! People look at you like you're stupid because you WRITE like you're stupid. It takes me twice as long to decipher the nonsense you type all over my reading space! Is it really SO hard to write in PROPER sentences? Or izit 2 hrd 4 u 2 cmprhnd?Real words and sentences, grammar and punctuation marks
are not difficult!

Do your children a favour and become a role model for them to aspire to, please! If you have THAT much a hard time with the English language, try THIS out for size: 四是四,十是十,十四是十四,四十是四十,四十四隻不試字之石獅子是死的. Pronounced: sì shí sì, shí shì shí, shísì shí shísì, sìshí shí sìshí, sìshísì zhi bùshízǐ zhi shíshīzǐ shì sǐ de. Translated, it means "4 is 4, 10 is 10, 14 is 14, 40 is 40, 44 illiterate stone lions are dead." How appropriate.

Today's Quotage Quota: An excerpt from a conversation:

"G" - says His Lordship. He wanted to type you a letter.
Shrombie says: "That's sweet. I'll be sure to write a letter to him too - M."
Me: "I like M."
S: "It's a good color, that it is."
Me: "How would you describe it?"
S: "With interpretive dance."
Me: "You'll have to send me a diagram some time. He says He's sure it would taste wonderful."
S: "I'll have my people on that and working on pie charts as well. It's all about the points."
Me: "Mmmm. Pie."

S: "Oh, that reminds me. I'm a professional bum and part-time prostitute now, 'cept the second job isn't really getting off the ground."

I'll give him that - he keeps you on your toes.

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