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3485 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Mar 2002 at 12:01 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-03-06 12:02:32 AM  
why not. it is de facto
2002-03-06 12:06:46 AM  
This was mildly amusing when I first read it a few years ago. Thanks for jogging my memory. Do you have that $500 cookie recipe handy?
2002-03-06 12:07:06 AM  
kind of reminds me of some of the posters here on fark.
2002-03-06 12:07:06 AM  
Kind of like eating Chaze Frois at Outback
2002-03-06 12:07:09 AM  
Okay, "Satireville" gets a bookmark.
2002-03-06 12:07:13 AM  
I was just thinking the same thing. :/
2002-03-06 12:08:21 AM  
No, I really haven't received this same email 50 times. Thanks.
2002-03-06 12:10:08 AM this one a while back...quite awhile back...but still funny

Memedlin: What about Outback? Cheese Fries? I work at Outback...great place to work...hehe...
2002-03-06 12:12:11 AM  
2002-03-06 12:12:52 AM  
Loved it! As I was reading, the trick started revealing itself, and I laughed so hard!


Lovd it. As I vas reading, ze trik started revealing itself, und I lafed zo hard!

2002-03-06 12:14:51 AM  
You're Welcome!
2002-03-06 12:16:36 AM  

Hee hee, nothing like ignoring all that time consuming reading to race to be Boobies. Very fine.
2002-03-06 12:16:44 AM  
If speeling is the standard, then Spanish seems better.

Sorry I'm not humorous, but neither was the article.
2002-03-06 12:19:01 AM  
If I was a yank, I would claim that the filter violates my first amendment rights... but instead I'll just be confused by it's actions.
2002-03-06 12:22:19 AM  
Mercutio74: Ha! First amendment rights. Ha! Almost as funny as the article!
2002-03-06 12:22:35 AM  
Well, then, how would you say "George W. Bush is a dumbass" under the new rules?
2002-03-06 12:25:35 AM  
Wow. It's just so great when current aspiring humour sites feel like they're justified in plaigerizing an idea from a great mind such as Mark Twain, and re-write it making it "topical" with no credit to the original author.

To the original author's credit, here's the original piece:

A plan for the improvement of spelling in the English language

By Mark Twain

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped
to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer
be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained
would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2
might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same
konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and
Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.

Generally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with
Iear 5 doing awai iwth useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so
modifaiing vowlz and the rimeiniing voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai
Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant
letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould
doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivili.

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a
lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

Now, some would in fact argue with me and say it is not really written by Mark Twain, and they may in fact be right. It may have been in fact a few paragraphs written in a letter to The Economist by M.J. Shields, as is referenced at this site here.

Now, I'd be incredibly appreciative if some folks would kindly inform the authors of this piece that such conduct is not honourable and in fact dispicable. Thankfully, they've set up a handy little form right here where you can go do that.

Now, stand up for famous dead people and intellectual honesty and represent!
2002-03-06 12:31:39 AM  
remember SNL with the decabet? the metric alphabet... that was pretty funny
2002-03-06 12:51:08 AM  
Dammit, Imperfect, I knew I'd read something like that before. Thank you for the original to read (again).
2002-03-06 01:03:46 AM  
not worth the debate, judt enjoy the many versions
2002-03-06 01:03:57 AM  
not worth the debate, just enjoy the many versions
2002-03-06 01:21:21 AM  
JupiGirl, any relation to SaturnGirl? If this turns out to be some weird Sailor Moon thing I'm gonna throw up.
2002-03-06 01:31:16 AM  
And, Imperfect scores from downtown!

I had a creep of deja-vous, but didn't key to it.
2002-03-06 01:31:41 AM  
Did euro-english sound a lot like german to anyone else?
2002-03-06 02:15:06 AM  
I dunno. It sounds like that filthy "German" Latin that Martin Luther and the Protestants tried to shove down our throats five hundred years ago.
2002-03-06 02:16:44 AM  
Yes, this article has been circulating around the 'net for years now.

And no, it was no more written by Mark Twain - false attributions are almost as annoying as blatant plagiarism - than it was by 'E.D. Fuskwamo'.

Is this thread over?
2002-03-06 02:59:19 AM  
Got the email years ago and I agree w/ Imperfect- lame site ripping off material to boost its content and traffic. too bad.
2002-03-06 05:30:51 AM  
Actually, it sounds like most English attempts to fake a German accent, but the idea is there indeed.
2002-03-06 05:57:35 AM  
Isn't English more derived from a Saxon language as opposed to a Roman/Latin one?If so,that'd explain the German sound.
2002-03-06 07:06:09 AM  
Should speak Caveman. No have big words. Sound funny. Ugh.
2002-03-06 08:07:30 AM  
Why be they overlookin Ebonics?
2002-03-06 08:25:08 AM  
EU should ban speaking altogether - it may end up being offensive to someone.
2002-03-06 08:53:32 AM  
Deutsches ist die eine reine Sprachauslieferung jetzt und Wille konnte
Ihren Kindern ersparen.

Ihr Schicksalfullefall auf Ihre schmutzigen Köpfe
2002-03-06 09:47:25 AM  
They do credit Mark Twain - look at the bottom.

Satireville humbly notes a debt to Mark Twain for this article.
2002-03-06 09:56:45 AM  
Icono: That is because English is a Germanic language.

Take a look at Old English and the German roots are very obvious.
2002-03-06 11:38:26 AM  
...and the latest news has just come in...err...yes.... France has,indeed, surrendered !!
2002-03-06 11:48:23 AM  
I don't think you got the joke. Mark Twain (et al.) was talking about English per se. This article jokes about the choice between English and German, and the joke is that, even though English was chosen, it turned out to be German after all. (Doesn't explaining jokes just ruin them?)
So this article goes beyond the writings you quote.
2002-03-06 12:46:36 PM  
No, no. I understood that part of the joke, and I thought it was really rather funny. However, they still stole the device from another author.

And that "humbly quotes Mark Twain" thing was not up there last night.

Now that it is, however - and they at least admit that they borrowed their material from someone else - I can rest.
2002-03-06 01:44:35 PM  
I haff rrr-ead dis artikel five tausend times alrrredi.
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