ONE WORLD – ONE LANGUAGE?
…or better not? What do you think? Let me share a story with you about …
Mom had a grand uncle, named Gerard. He passed away in age of 96 in 2010. Part of his inheritance (VBP) was a book he wrote during his years when he was a sailor. His career as a sailor started like a cliche (VBP) or like a novel of Jack London. He ran away from home in age of 15 for realizing his ambition about the seafaring. He went to Marseille, got hired on a ship and remained faithful with all seven seas for more than 50 years.
He only passed the common primary school and there they learnt no foreign languages. But if you travel around the world on a ship like Popeye you need more than your own language, so he decided to write his own dictionary with life-sustaining (VBP) phrases in different languages.
Here are some examples of his version of english , but he wrote it the same way as he heard it and had to speak it – without regarding the grammar or the orthography (VBP) :
jur beer test es laik orse pis – ok, that’s easy the beer wasn’t yummy
ju stole mai moni – a financial disaster
ju wut tshiet jur oun moter – a complaint about a familiar breach of confidence
au mutch is oan aouer – maybe he had no time to spent a whole night in a hotel room…
My Granny found this book as they had to clear out his house and she gave it to my mom. Mom was happy. Now she is able to insult a bar keeper on Tierra del Fuego, she can buy untaxed cigarettes (hope “camel” means not the animal?) in egypt and she is able to say she is drunken (olen hummelassa) in finnish. Cool, huh? Mom said that’s the guide for communicating with the whole world – dad said that’s the guide to get arrested everywhere in the world…
Later, as he was retired, grand uncle Gerard was still dreaming his dream about one language for all. He went to an university and learnt esperanto. That’s an “international constructed language” (VBP) and it should be useful for an international arrangement. Sadly except his friends of the esperanto-club no one was able to speak this gobbledygook (VBP) and by now we never met one soul who can speak it .
If you ask me, the whole humanity is at a disadvantage for the verbal abilities. Dogs can understand each other on the whole slice earth. We need no language or uncle Gerard’s dictionary – we use our nose, our paws or our tails. Specially the tail is very important, not only as a “tailmometer” even as a “talk-o-meter”. And for suchlike who have still communicative problems – we can talk by letter – in yellow.
What do you think: would we have more mental “love and understanding” on slice earth if we would understand each other verbal?
HAVE A VERBOSELY SUNDAY ALL
That’s very impressive! It must be fascinating to read this book!
And such an interesting VBP post 😉
Don’t forget to add the link to your post to the list!
Thanks ;o) The book is very funny – uncle Gerard was a wise man with many interests ;o) I hope this time I was successful with my link ;o)
You were! Thanks, Easy =^.^=
Now let’s drink a beer in memory to Uncle Gerard!
(that was the human speaking…)
I guessed it – humans and beer ;o) hope it is a cold and good one – otherwise ask uncle Gerard – he knows best hahaha
Such an amazing fine and such wonderful memories. Love and caring is a universal language and we need to use it more often.
I agree Brian – that’s much better than a home made dictionary or esperanto. Love needs no words ;o)
That is a very Cool-Lee-O book. A real treasure. I do think if the world spoke with their tails it would be a better place. No mistaking what a tail says.
That’s true … sadly humans haven’t such a thingy… maybe that’s the reason why huamns are so often in trouble?
I have had a major love affair with words since I was a child and this delighted me so much! What an amazing man he had to be. Did he have any good curse sentences? I would love them so I could curse people out and they wouldn’t know it! lol!!! This was just great, thanks so much for sharing! xoxo
There must be a cosmic affinity BOL Mom has a tiny golden book where she is collecting curses and scoldings from everywhere. (imagine, a GOLDEN book for verbal assaults – isn’t she crazy?)
He was either unmarried or his wife never saw the book.
He was divorced – and I think I now I understand why ;o)
We love that Easy. Wow had to get yourself in bother in every country of the world. LOL! You must give us some snippets. Have a super Sunday.
Best wishes Molly
I should write a guide: how to make oneself persona non grata with the whole world. could be a bestseller ;o)
Excellent – “jur beer test es laik orse pis” – this could come in very handy. So much better than Rosetta Stone.
poor uncle Gerard: he wrote a bestseller and he took no notice ;o)
What a wonderful project your Grand Uncle Gerard had done with the “universal language” dictionary he wrote! I just bet he had some GREAT stories to tell after a life of traveling the seven seas. I think every creature should have a tailmometer – they are indicators of our mood and many things not just between animals but animal to human (poor humans – no tails). Love is the universal language – that’s something ALL of us can relate to! 😉
Kitty Hugs, Sammy
Sadly uncle Gerard wasn’t very communicative, on one hand he was pondering his whole life about a “”world language” and on the other he was more introverted – he was a living oxymoron ;o) But you’re right, love needs no word or a dictionary or a bad beer and that’s the best way to say all without words ;o)
Your Uncle Gerard must have been quite a character! Enjoy his book–I’m sure that he is sailing somewhere in the great beyond happy knowing his work has lived on!
Thanks. I’m sure he would laugh about my post too (or about his translation) – but at least he was able to find a way ;o)
Woof! Woof! Impressive. Happy SUNDAY! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
Absolutely ;o) Have a golden sunday dear golden girl ;o)
What a treasure from Uncle Gerard! You know Easy your Uncle might have been the very first person to spell phonetically. when my human sis started elementary school in 1976 the concept of “Hooked on Phonics” was just starting…
Indeed a treasure and your mom is doing well with the translation.
Hugs Madi your BFFF
That’s really a treasure, Madi ;o) The phonetic concept sounds crazy first – but the results are really great – the kids learn to read and write in zilch! But I’m glad mom didn’t use uncle Gerards dictionary in school :o)
hello easy rider its dennis the vizsla dog hay i wood like to think that the hyoomans wud git along better if they cud all unnerstand eetch other!!! but frum wot i hav seen they wood probably just yooze a kommon langwidj to insult wun another more effektivly!!! ok bye
I think they need tails, Dennis ;o) that’s a good communication tool and the best: a tail can’t lie ;o)
This book of common language should be available to everyone – especially if they travel and have no fear 😀 We suspect we could get in a lot of trouble using it. You’re right, dogs use the same language with each other but we have the most interesting time trying to interact with some foreign types!
I’m afraid it could be dangerous to use uncle Gerard’s dictionary – but on the other hand very entertaining ;o)
That book must be a family TREASURE.
Peeps SHOULD learn ONE language.. Just like WE have… Butt it will never happen.. Sadly THEY are too short sighted.
It is like a treasure ;o) The humans are very short sighted – although some of thems wear glasses ;o) They should learn something from dogs&cats ;o)
Be careful where you use those phrases BOL
Humans should just learn to speak dog, then everyone would get along:-)
I hope I will never rund in this circles like the uncle ;o) Could be interesting if the humans are wagging with her butts without tails ;o)
This grand uncle sounds like quite an adventurer! I think I would like to go for some sailing adventures…and I will not even need translation 😀
He was , Remy – like Popeye the sailor or the flying dutchman ;o) I’m afraid I would get sea sick on a ship … and I haven’t found a translation how to ask for a “special” bucket ;o)
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 xx00xx
mollie and alfie
oh Mollie I hope you can chase away those compawter gremlins soon. should I send you one of uncle Gerard’s curses against enemies?
What an amusing story, Easy! I start not to wonder about certain things related to your staff…
I think the biggest problem with humans is not the existence of a huge amount of different languages but the ability to tell lies – and humans tell not only white lies but blatant and barefaced and big and complete and outright and bald-faced and they tell lies, live lies, spread tissues of lies and packs of lies…
sadly that’s true – they need a tail for communication – a tail never lies ;o)
Help me, Easy: what is a tail communicating when it is wagged but the head is heavily barking and the whole dog is jumping high towards my head on the other side of the fence?
someone said: barking dogs never bite. maybe he want to give you a kiss ? I think you should give him a treat or you should fall on your back and show him your tummy – then he knows you are not dangerous ;o)
You are right: barking dogs never bite – at least as long as they are barking 🙂 The trick of falling on my back sounds fantastic – I think it is a wonderful idea and it will be a great success! The only problem is with it that it is a little bit cold for showing my belly! But I’m sure this Hungarian wirehaired Vizsla would know what to think about me!
What a great book to get! My goodness such a family treasure! The Great Uncle and the book! I bet he had great stories to tell too!
It is, Nellie. Sadly as my mom was a child his stories weren’t clean enough for her ears and later he was more “introverted” ;o) But his book tells enough ;o)
Maybe Uncle Gerard had a face that just expressed what words could not say. Those who listen hear a lot.
Thanks for being a friend
Sweet William The Scot
hahaha who knows? he was looking like the guy of the birds eye fish fingers ;o)
Uncle Gerard’s dictionary sounds much better than most phrase books I’ve seen – much more useful.
Absolutely – what’s a holiday in a land far away without visiting a jail or a drunk tank ;o)
What a great story Easy…Momz sez she wishes she had an uncle this interesting and she’s still laughing from the phrases…She told me she always thought the idea of Esperanto was really kewl but like Uncle Gerard, who could she ever find to talk to
I think the idea of a world-language would be great – but if esperanto should be this language?… not sure… if uncle Gerard
said something in esperanto I had the feeling he is kidding us ;o)