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Re: OT: New lingua franca upsets French

From:deinx'nxtxr <deinx.nxtxr@...>
Date:Monday, January 26, 2009, 2:13
> [] On Behalf Of Gary Shannon
> In a meeting with colleagues from around the world, including > an Englishman, a Korean and a Brazilian, he noticed that he > and the other non-native English speakers were communicating > in a form of English that was completely comprehensible to > them, but which left the Englishman nonplussed. > > He, Jean-Paul Nerriere, could talk to the Korean and the > Brazilian in this neo-language, and they could understand > each other perfectly. > > But the Englishman was left out because his language was too > subtle, too full of meaning that could not be grasped by the
others. I've had this happen to me before. I was working once on a computer in someone's office who was Norwegian. At the time he was having a meeting with a Japanese guy. Both were speaking English but I really couldn't understand them.