|By Mr_Rabbit on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 - 02:04 pm: Edit|
Esperanto takes about half an hour to learn. And since it wasn't a national language...that meant all the squabbling powers might be brought to accept it.
I think it was a league of nations, peace on earth kinda thing they were going for. But of course the people involved all fell to fighting, stealing each other's ideas and stabbing one another in the back.
I wish I could remember what 'stupid bastards' is in Esperanto...But I haven't remembered much of it for a while (I learned it in middle school when I read Harry Harrisons 'stainless steel rat' books.)
Insektoj. Bug. I remember bug, and I think that's all. Ah well.
|By Lordhobgoblin on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 - 10:25 am: Edit|
Esperanto was a bullshit PC idea which would involve everyone in Europe learning a new language. Much better to use a language that virtually half the population of Europe already understands.
|By Lordhobgoblin on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 - 10:20 am: Edit|
We should go for English with a Dutch accent. This would be an ekshellent idea.
|By Aion on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 - 05:49 am: Edit|
What about Austo-German-American-English,
e.g. like Arnold Schwarzenegger??
May be the end of verbal communication!
|By Heiko on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 - 05:15 am: Edit|
Euro-English, to please the Germans, will sound just like English with a heavy German accent.
Oh my god - I prepare for moving somewhere else...
Can't we have English with a Finnish accent, please? I would appprrreciate that ;-)
(No really, Finnish accent in English sounds grrreat, while a heavy German accent sounds stupid - I'm working on mine...)
|By Verawench on Monday, September 03, 2001 - 09:33 pm: Edit|
What happened to Esperanto??
"Ze drem of an united urop vil finali kum tru"
|By Frater_Carfax on Monday, September 03, 2001 - 09:06 pm: Edit|
Not absinthe but because this was a pseudo-German thread I thought I could get away with sneaking it in here....made me chortle anyway...
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations Her Majesty s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would be known as Euro-English .
In the first year, s will replace the soft c . Sertainly, this
will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard c will be dropped in favour of the k . This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome ph will be replased with the f . This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.
In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double leters which have always been a deterent to akurate speling. Also al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent e in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the 4th yer peopl will be reseptiv to steps such as replasing th with z and w with v . During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary o be dropd from vords kontaining ou and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to oza kombinations of letas.
After ziz fifz yer ve vil have a rali sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu anderstand ech oza. Ze drem of an united urop vil finali kum tru!
|By Lordhobgoblin on Monday, September 03, 2001 - 01:01 pm: Edit|
At least God's hand only pushed in one goal. On Saturday Michael Owen's boot alone hammered in three goals. For an international team whom we all thought was a quality side to lose 5-1 at home is really quite staggering. They should have kept their old coach and turned a blind eye to the cocaine traces found in his hair sample.
The Republic of Ireland also had a good result by beating Holland.
|By Dr_Ordinaire on Sunday, September 02, 2001 - 10:37 pm: Edit|
Just because you're such a nice guy, Hob, I won't mention the "Hand of God..."
|By Heiko on Sunday, September 02, 2001 - 01:04 pm: Edit|
For the sake of myself, please NEVER mention football :-)
(says the German who prefers absinthe over beer...)
|By Dengar on Sunday, September 02, 2001 - 10:17 am: Edit|
It's all becouse theres's a Swede running the team. :-)
|By Lordhobgoblin on Saturday, September 01, 2001 - 01:17 pm: Edit|
We should all spare a thought for our German forumites. Perhaps snorting cocaine isn't a hangable offence after all, unlike losing 5-1 at home.
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