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