April 19, 2005

Things that made me smile today

Overheard while half listening to Sports Center on ESPN while tormenting myself on the various machines in the gym:

He was on that pitch like a fat kid on a Twinkie.

Is it bad that I laughed at this? I do like a good sports cliche.

While perusing an article on the endangered Pitcairn Island dialect which they have declared to be a language (and why not?) and are now teaching in school:

Alice Buffett, a seventh generation islander who has written a Norfuk text book and dictionary, said the pupils were enjoying learning phrases such as "Whataway yorle?" ("How are you?") and "El duu f'mada" ("They'll do for dumplings").

You have to laud a language that celebrates the integral role of the dumpling in society. "They'll do for dumplings". Big smile. I like it better than "that dog'll hunt".

Posted by Random Penseur at April 19, 2005 10:01 AM

I have this big book on languages; World Languages or something like that as the title. It groups the languages by family and gives a little snapshot of the language, in its own script plus a translation. I love it. I would love to have dozens of dictionaries of foriegn languages. Words are so interesting!

Posted by: Rachel Ann at April 19, 2005 12:56 PM

One of my favorite colloquial sayings is "She's a scratch on the back". I do like the dumpling saying though - that's classy that is.

Posted by: Jim at April 22, 2005 06:13 AM
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