USAGE: French (was: Essential Swedish?)
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 3, 2004, 12:45|
Philippe Caquant scripsit:
> If you look at postcards from Russia from 1900, you'll notice that
> not only the legend is in French and Russian, but also the signs on
> the city shops for ex are often translated into French. And Russia
> was not the only example for this.
But it is a special case: the Russian aristocracy (and to a lesser
degree the Russian bourgeoisie) disdained the Russian language as fit
only for peasants. Consider _War and Peace_, which notoriously begins
> That was in the good old times. Now we regressed to
> the status of Estonia, no offence to Estonians.
Well, hardly. French is still the official or national language of
at least thirty countries and parts of others.
John Cowan www.ccil.org/~cowan www.reutershealth.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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as hard as ever you can, it is my opinion that your acquaintance in the
large-pattern leather ulster' (and by this he meant the Crocodile) 'will
jerk you into yonder limpid stream before you can say Jack Robinson.'"