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Esperanto (was: Re: ,Language' in language name?)

From:Matthew Pearson <matthew.pearson@...>
Date:Thursday, November 29, 2001, 17:01
--- You wrote:
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> While nearly everyone hears at least once in his/her life about > Esperanto
I dunno about that. Most people I've mentioned Esperanto to had never heard of it. Altho I suppose after that, they'd heard about it once in their life. :-) --- end of quote --- Speaking of unexpected Esperanto references: I was watching an old episode of "Red Dwarf" on video last night. ("Red Dwarf" is a long-running BBC sitcom with a science fiction theme, *very* funny). In this particular episode we learn that one of the main characters, Arnold Rimmer, has been studying Esperanto for eight years and still can speak a word of it. He attempts to say "Your father looks like a water buffalo's behind and your mother spent most of your childhood between walls and sailors", but it comes out "Please send for the hotel porter, there seems to be a frog in my bidet". (Incidentally, many of the signs on the "Red Dwarf" ship are bilingual, in English and Esperanto. Nice touch.) Matt. Matthew Pearson Department of Linguistics Reed College 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd Portland, OR 97202 503 771 1112 x 7618


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