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Re: "Useful languages"

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Thursday, February 14, 2002, 21:09
En réponse à Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>:

> > >
Oooh! Now I understand what kind of humour it is :) .
> > BTW, I am not aware of this type of wordplay in any > natlang other than English. Does anyone know of other > langs that do this? >
I don't know, but I'm in the impression that it's more due to chance than anything else. It's a kind of humour which is easily translatable (unlike the Dutch word humour, which is nearly impossible to understand, unless you're a native, and much less possible to translate :)) ). In fact, I think I sometimes inadvertently fall in this kind of humour in the story I write on Internet in French. All that because I try as much as I can to avoid repetitions, especially of the verb "dire": "to say" :)) . Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.