Red: Opinions on English (was Re: basic vocab)
|From:||Dan Seriff <microtonal@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, September 17, 2000, 16:47|
> In 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 evidenced
> by >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
> << One thing foreigners, computers, & poets
> have in common is that they make
> unexpected linguistic associations. >>
> * Jasia Reichardt
> - creative cyberneticist *
Si iterum insanum me appelles, oculum alterum tuum edem.