|From:||Rachel Klippenstein <estel_telcontar@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 0:03|
Hi, I've been experimenting with a conlang-type
project to write in verbless English. The aim is to
use only real English words or plausible coinages to
write without verbs. Typically, forms one of several
simple verbs could be inserted into a sentence, mostle
"BE", but ofted "GO" (or come), and once in a while
"DO". Here is a tale that I've turned into Verbless
English (If anyone catches any escaped verbs, please
let me know.)
Once upon a time, two brothers. One a miller. The
other, everyones opinion that he a no-account young
fellow. His name Little John.
The miller always cheerful and happy. One day, the
king along to the millers town with his bodyguard.
His speech to the miller: My friend, you very happy!
The millers speech: My king, so far in my life never
any pain or trouble. Truly, I happy.
The kings speech: Very well. Today, trouble to you.
My wish: three questions for you. If at seven
oclock tomorrow, no answers from you, then death for
you. The questions: How much I worth? What the
moons weight? What in my thoughts?
Then, the miller thoughtful and unhappy. Hard
questions. The king worth a lot, but how much?
Then, Little John to the miller. His speech: You
very sad. What wrong? A burnt batch of bread?
The millers speech: Oh no, much worse. The king to
here today with his bodyguard. From him to me three
questions. Correct answers from me necessary, or death
Little Johns speech: What the questions?
The millers speech: How much the king worth, what
the moons weight, and what in the kings thoughts.
Little Johns speech: You full of worry about that?
Very easy. No need for worry. I to in your place,
you to in my place. Your clothes for me, please.
Flour production by me. You to away! I here in your
The miller very happy about the exchange. Little John
soon at work, and from his lips song. When the king
to there with his men, the song to his ears.
The kings speech : Time for your answers to my
questions. How much I worth?
Little Johns speech: Twenty-nine pieces of silver.
The king in a state of surprise. His words: What!
Twenty-nine pieces of silver?
Little Johns speech: Your worth not greater than our
Lords, and his price thirty pieces of silver.
The kings speech: True. You the winner for this
question. Now the next question: What the moons
Johns speech: The moon? Its weight one pound.
The kings speech: A pound? Surely not!
Little Johns reply: Yes, my king. Four quarters of
the moon, and four quarters in one pound.
The king again in agreement. His next question: What
in my thoughts?
Little Johns speech : In your thoughts, I the miller
with answers to your questions. But in fact, I his
And so, the king the loser of the contest, and the
miller still safe and still songs from his lips with
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