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"Kannitverstan" (was: Funny words)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 17:19
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> Yes, one could make up a long list of such words in Dutch and German. I've even > seen a story (in German as spoken by a Dutch person who doesn't know German > well), which was really funny. Perhaps I can find it and post it later.
From the other side there is Johann Peter Hebel's classic 1809 tale "Kannitverstan" about the moral reflections that mutual incomprehension can arouse in a young German who is in Amsterdam for the first time: Here's the story in English: And here it is in Latin: And here's the story in Ido (I think): I wonder if there is a Dutch translation anywhere. -- I suggest you call for help, John Cowan or learn the difficult art of mud-breathing. --Great-Souled Sam


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