Friday, September 11, 2015

Pun of the Day

I was just diagnosed as having a hernia.
My wife and kids are setting up a truss fund.

I do love puns. It's something you'll have to put up with if you read this blog. In truth, I love word-play in general. Luckily, my mother tongue is English.
English language is the most universal language in history, way more than the Latin of Julius Caesar. It's the most punderful language because its vocabulary has a certain critical mass that makes a lingo good for punning.
― Richard Lederer

Think about it; In what other language can you have a Spelling Bee? In most other languages if you can pronounce a word, you can spell it. Not English. Why?  Because we borrow words from everywhere and are much the better for it.
The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse *****. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
― James Nicoll

An Italian friend once told me that English is very easy to learn to speak, but difficult to write. Easy to speak because we use combinations of words for things that other languages modify words for. The needed vocabulary for passable English is much smaller than Italian. Spelling however, now there is the trick. How does one spell in a language that borrowed the word "chef" from French twice and one time changed it to chief and the other time kept it as chef (a Chef is the head of the kitchen, BTW).
“Trevor realized that the odd thing about English is that no matter how much you ***** sequences word up up, you understood, still, like Yoda, will be. Other languages don't work that way. French? Dieu! Misplace a single le or la and an idea vaporizes into a sonic puff. English is flexible: you can jam it into a Cuisinart for an hour, remove it, and meaning will still emerge.”
― Douglas Coupland, Generation A

We love it and we hate it, but it is our language.

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