Friday Ephemera
Your Manners And Competence Are Deeply Problematic

Time To Fire Up The Blessing Generator

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Comments

ComputerLabRat

This is as good a time as ever to do that Amazon shopping I have been putting off. I've some things I have been wanting to get - where's that button for Amazon US? Ah yes, there tis (although I don't use the same email for blog commenting as I do for Amazon...)

Many thanks, David for digging up the dreadful Woke and the ghastly performance art, and serving it to us well-fisked on this rickety barge. Yours is one of the very few blogs I still read, and I learn something new every time I come here, as well as get some good laughs, too. Much needed these days.

David

This is as good a time as ever to do that Amazon shopping I have been putting off.

Bless you, sir. When taken to an unglamorous charity-shop café by your father-in-law, may the coffee on offer actually be drinkable, and not taste of stale cereal.

pst314

I know thread's been superseded, but surely two of you can manage to push the thread to 300?

Via Old Holborn: Adventures in Zero Training and Less Discipline.

pst314

A classic: Highly professional, well trained soldiers.

pst314

Macbeth in Pidgin.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Macbeth in Pidgin.

This video at your link puts the who can understand whose pidgin to rest...

Sue Sims

Well done, chaps!

WTP

This video at your link puts the who can understand whose pidgin to rest...

Heh. Thanks for that. But this brings me back to what prompted me to question all of this in the first place...which Pidgin does the BBC use? Nigerian, Camaroonian, etc. and who is actually using it for what bloody purpose?

pst314

But this brings me back to what prompted me to question all of this in the first place...which Pidgin does the BBC use? Nigerian, Camaroonian, etc. and who is actually using it for what bloody purpose?

It is indeed Nigerian Pidgin.

See also this link and this link.

As for the purpose, the BBC World Service was originally created to serve English speaking people in British colonies around the world. Foreign languages were added at the start of WWII, presumably for the obvious reasons. (Forgive me if I have missed any subtleties of your question, WTP, as I have not attempted to review your previous comments on this topic.)

Note also that the "Macbeth in Pidgin" that I linked to is not Nigerian Pidgin, but I could not resist the fun of such a link.

WTP

See also this link and this link.

See now the oppression inherent in the system. Why is the OED some sort of authority on the English language and not Webster or Funk & Wagnall or Wiki or whatever? Better yet, why do we even have our dictionaries divided up by languages? Why cannot the French words, the Chinese words, the Sanskrit, the Catalan, Sentinalese, Tuyuka all coexist happily in one giant Dictionary Of The People? Racism, that's why. Now shut up.

pst314

See now the oppression inherent in the system.

"Shut up! I command you to shut up! Bloody peasant."

But as a matter of fact, that's sort of how Wiktionary works: Enter a word and it returns entries for every language that has a match.

WTP

But as a matter of fact, that's sort of how Wiktionary works: Enter a word and it returns entries for every language that has a match.

Heh...I knew that but I forgot it...but I did knowed it.

pst314

Heh...I knew that but I forgot it...but I did knowed it.

The older I get, the more often that happens.

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