Wednesday, April 14, 2004

More linguistic boffinry
You know how Sid Caesar (genius that he is) could freely riff on foreign languages, doing a convincing mock French, German, Swedish, whatever? I've always wanted to hear a foreign actor do mock English. I'd be fascinated to see what they imagine typifies our speech.

Depending on how much English the actor has heard, I reckon his cod English either would sound like Dutch - 'it sounds just like English but I can't understand anything' - or Engrish, what happens when hip Japanese who don't know English try to use it.

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