Fun with linguistics
Essentialist explanations are a hilarious list of statements
of the form “Language X is essentially Language Y
with ...” such as the following:
- English is essentially bad Dutch with outrageously pronounced French and Latin vocabulary.
– Eugene Holman
- Afrikaans is Dutch spoken by a Malay slave with plenty of rhythm but not enough saliva.
– Ken Westmoreland
The Chaos, a poem by Charivarius. Also see
partial IPA transcription in British and American English.
The Awful German Language by Mark Twain.
Ah the poor Fishwife, it is stuck fast in the Mire.
Any suggestions for other links?