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Re: R: Re: Celtic, semitic, etc.(pipes dept.)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, May 4, 2000, 14:06
Roger Mills wrote:

> Evidently. There is an Czech opera, still popular in Europe I think, called > "Schwanda the Bagpiper"-- here in the US one occasionally hears its rather > ponderous "Polka and fugue". In Czech, Schwanda(?) Dudak; German title > Schwanda der Dudelsackpfeiffer-- which has to be one of the funniest words > in just about any language.
In Mark Twain's novel _A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court_, one of the bogus magic words that the Yankee uses when arranging a spectacular effect is: Constantinopolitanischerdudelsackpfeifenmachengesellschaft i.e. Constantinople Bagpipe Manufacturing Company. (What a concept!) -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)