Opinions on English
|From:||Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, September 17, 2000, 8:47|
n a message dated 2000:09:17 12:04:08 AM, microtonal@SERICAP.COM writes:
>I've always rather liked English, at least once I realized that there
>actually *is* a method to the madness.
*snarfle* English is such a magpie language it's wonder it got so
"powerful." Then again there are IMHO many types of Englishes, even within
America - to not neglect sayin' da whole wide world.
One of my favourite Englishes is Hindlish - that wonderfully ornate
Why not let the English language to relax,
And have a truly tropical weekend?
After a course of the choicest Indian rudery,
English may return, chastened, to its prudery.
No? You won't agree?
Forgive me, you look sickened.
In Shakespeare's day,
English was a dandy...
- Prof. P. Lal, India
>It's not quite as subtle as Classical Greek or as rhythmic as Latin or as
>liquid as French, but it's a nice, solid language.
I once read a German writer's opinion that English was like a
bricklayer's apprentice who is just getting his skills together... there is
bound to be a lotta messiness.
>The rules make perfect sense, once you learn
>them all, and they have very few exceptions.
*snarfle* sheesh, have you seen the actual literacy skill levels of
American and British kids? Even native speakers have a hard time with English
>It's very utilitarian, flexible, and at times quite beautiful (as evidencedby >some of the great British and American writers).
"... wipe alley english spooker, or multiphoniaksically spuking off the
face of the erse..." - James Joyce, Irishman, _Finnegans Wake_
>It also has the great advantage of
>a huge lexis of loanwords from all kinds of languages upon which to
>draw, and forming new words is extremely easy.
That I agree with whole-heartedly. Makee Inglis eazy ta mutate!
> English is a whore.- Lars Henrik Mathiesen
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