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From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Monday, February 16, 2004, 20:53
In a message dated 2004:02:16 10:37:37 AM, writes:

>----------------------------------------------------------- > >Example Phrase Using Today's Word: > > > >German: Im Großen und Ganzen sind europäische Taxifahrer ehrliche,
>und hilfsbereite Menschen. > >English: On the whole, European cab drivers are honest, friendly and helpful >people. > >-----------------------------------------------------------
ROTFLMAO that's high flattery IMHO of the surliest, mercenary bunch of professional cabbies/tourguides this side of New York's infamous wild bunch. ... not to castigate those cabbies who actually have professional pride in their calling: one of my ex-housemates from long ago she's a San Francisco cabbie who goes outta her way to be helpful. Her attitude is that it makes for return customers and clients-for-life. But she does scare people at first - she listens to DeathMetal, "scrap metal" etc. and looks like a blonde gutter-rat Metalhead tattoos and all... And she could moonlight as a bankrobbery getaway driver ;) she musta gotten her drivin' lessons in Chinatown... --- *DiDJiBuNgA!!* --- Hanuman "Stitch" Zhang, ManglaLanger (mangle + manga + lang) Language[s] change[s]: vowels shift, phonologies crash-&-burn, grammars leak, morpho-syntactics implode, lexico-semantics mutate, lexicons explode, orthographies reform, typographies blip-&-beep, slang flashes, stylistics warp... linguistic (R)evolutions mark each-&-every quantum leap... languages are "naturally evolved wild systems... So language does not impose order on a chaotic universe, but reflects its own wildness back." - Gary Snyder "Some Languages Are Crushed to Powder but Rise Again as New Ones" - a chapter on pidgins and creoles, John McWhorter, _The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language_ = ¡gw'araa legooset caacaa! ¡reez'arvaa. saalvaa. reecue. scoopaa-goomee en reezijcloo! = [Fight Linguistic Waste! Save, Salvage, Recover, Scavenge and Recycle!]