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CHAT: Monty Python [was Dictatorship of the Floritariat, and its auxlangs]

From:Jeffrey Henning <jeffrey@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 17, 1999, 4:18
Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...> comunu:

> (And besides: who'd be their premier? Roger the Shrubber?)
ROTFL! And since this is a chat thread, I just have to say that this is one of my favorite Python bits. In fact, I condensed all of Holy Grail down to 20 quotes (that was an amusing challenge late one evening!) and hid them all in an Easter egg in SurveySolutions for the Web. The Reader's Digest Condensed Version Of "Monty Python & The Holy Grail" SOLDIER: Are you suggesting coconuts migrate? ARTHUR: Not at all. They could be carried. SOLDIER #1: What? A swallow carrying a coconut? You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you! Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help! I'm being repressed! And that, my liege, is how we know the earth to be banana-shaped. This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedevere. Explain again how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes. Well, on second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It's a silly place. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! We are the keepers of the sacred words: Ni, Peng, and Neee-wom! Shrubberies are my trade. I am a shrubber. My name is Roger the Shrubber. I arrange, design, and sell shrubberies. We are now the Knights Who Say 'Ecky-ecky-ecky-ecky-pikang-zoop-boing-goodem-zoo-owli-zhiv'. In the frozen land of Nador, they were forced to eat Robin's minstrels. And there was much rejoicing. 'O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade that with it thou mayest blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.' Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the Holy Grail in the Castle of uuggggggh... He is the keeper of the Bridge of Death. He asks each traveler five questions... Three questions! BRIDGEKEEPER: What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? ARTHUR: What do you mean? An African or European swallow? BRIDGEKEEPER: Huh? I-- I don't know that! Auuuuuuuugh! Too bad Monty Python never did a conlang! Ni, Peng and Nee-wom! Jeffrey