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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Things trilinguals say

It was a near-universal experience among people at TAKE7 who spoke three or more languages that trying to rapidly switch between them causes your brain to shut down.

After being informed in Esperanto that a concert that evening was being delayed, I attempted to relay the information to a francophone friend:

— Alors, c'est quand le concert?
— Ça va okazer je le septième et demie.

Astute readers will note that THAT AIN'T NO FRENCH. Here's a breakdown of the total ridiculousness of that sentence:

Ça va okazer je le septième et demie.

French
Esperanto
French words shoehorned into an Esperanto idiom

Thankfully, I managed to stop myself before I actually said this, and instead had to explain in my mother tongue that I didn't know how to speak French right now.

Maxims and minims for the wise and the foolish

  • LANGUAGE IS A HIERARCHICAL AUTHORITY
    A GOVERNMENT OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS — Tezcatlipoca
  • Whoever fights against the empire, becomes the empire. [or something along those lines] — Philip K. Dick [as told to Tezcatlipoca]
    • We’re not fighting the empire! We are the empire! Go away, or we'll smack you with this stick! — Tezcatlipoca
  • You don't have to be straight to shoot straight. — Barry Goldwater
    • Indeed, we must prevent life, which is frequently fatal. — Umunmutamku
      • There are also a number of legitimate scientific reasons for it as well (though I don't know what they are) — Tezcatlipoca
  • Instead of thinking of Scripture as a manual, I try to think of the Bible as ‘a boyfriend’. — punkrainbow
    • Your feelings are lying to you. — Jer 17:9
  • READ A BOOK, I'M SURE IT'S IN ONE OF THEM. — Tezcatlipoca
    • Books are full of bullshit and lies! — Tezcatlipoca
      • We will lie to you but we will lie to ourselves as well. You will, however, see through our lies and grasp the shining truth within. — The KLF
  • A Gnostic is by definition a knower, and since knowledge supersedes belief, a knower cannot very well be a believer. — Stephan A. Hoeller
    • talking about the great unknown is ridiculous. it’s THE GREAT UN-FUCKING-KNOWN — Anonymous
      • The enemy knows the system. — Claude Shannon

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