Tuesday, February 03, 2009

English vs. German

Today's post is for our linguist friend Bilbo and borrowed from my pretty young Asian friend NuxV at Utopia. If you like food like I like food, you'll enjoy all of the wonderful dishes that she posts pictures of on her blog.

This was posted over a year ago on her blog but I thought of it after reading Bilbo's post today about the German language:

ich verstehe nicht!

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-inplan that would become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped infavour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.
In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben adeterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.
Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.
Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in zeforst plas.

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.

Thanks, Utopia.



fiona said...

did I spell that right?

Bilbo said...

A true classic! I've seen this before, but it gets funnier each time. The only problem is that I know a lot of people who already spell this way...

vw - cakesso. I have no idea...

Sicilian said...

Frases will be much eacier now cince we will all underctand each other. I ecpecially like the thought of cilly ceachells at the ceashore.
Kiao (whew)

Amanda said...

This was such a funny post!

My brother spells a little like that.....recently he told me something about a 'crysis'. He always cracks me up with his spelling.

Mike said...

I have a problem in that I understood the whole thing.