Tuesday, April 08, 2003
A linguists' group Monday called on Germans to replace commonly used English words with their French equivalents in a protest at the Anglo-American war on Iraq.
Armin Burkhardt, chairman of the working group Language in Politics, said English words such as "ticket" and "okay" should be replaced by "billet" and "d'accord".
Burkhardt, who lectures at the university of Magdeburg in eastern Germany, said the move was not about language purity but a political demonstration that the vast majority of people supported France and Germany's opposition to the US-led war.
"What is it, Donald?"
"Those Germans are refusing to speak our language!"
"Bastards! Well, once we've wiped Iraq with Saddam's ass, we'll send the tanks in there next. Teach THEM not to go to war with us!"
Joking aside (that was supposed to be a joke? Odd, I don't see anyone laughing) ...Joking aside, as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted, this is a fantastically stupid idea. So speaking in French is going to have an impact on the US' war plans, is it? No, I don't think so either. He's right about one thing, though, language purity clearly has nothing to do with it. If it did, he'd be demanding people spoke German rather than French...