[TAG] Twisted update
ben at linuxgazette.net
Sat Nov 20 18:06:30 MSK 2004
On Sat, Nov 20, 2004 at 02:49:40PM +0000, Jimmy O'Regan wrote:
> Ben Okopnik wrote:
> >"St. Patrick's: the one day of the year when the 2% of the world's
> >population that's Irish gets the other 98% completely shitfaced."
> It seems that Irish is best used when drunk:
> Most people never use it, except for the National Anthem.
> The National Anthem is rarely heard outside of nightclubs (at closing
> time), or sporting events.
> You could also make the point that Irish makes heavy use of the few
> syllablic sounds that the drunk can pronounce ('feh', 'nya', 'ooh',
> 'oh', 'bah', 'sh', etc.) for a reason.
I'm awed. *That's* what I call foresight: designing a language around a
yet-to-be-invented national pastime - at least if I have the timeline
right (and if the concept of "Irish" before alcohol make _any_ sense
whatsoever.) The Russians didn't do nearly as well, with all those
plosives, fricatives, and "soft/hard signs" that can barely be managed
(if at all) by non-native speakers when totally sober.
Latest report from OMON (the Russian "special missions"/drug enforcement
police teams): Marijuana field located and destroyed to the last plant.
Next, we're all going to fly to the Moon and defeat the evil Pokemon
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