Fumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2862 times:
What a childish man! Anybody who knows the history of the world knows that there is typically a Lingua Franca from somewhere. It just so happens that it is currently English. In the early 19th century it was French-how pathetic jealously is!
Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8444 posts, RR: 14 Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2842 times:
considering how much the current English language owes to French after I am surprised that Chirac hasn't come up with the face-saving solution of declaring English to be a (badly spoken and hopelessly ungrammatical ) dialect of French
Moderation in all things ... including moderation ;-)
Fumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2823 times:
Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 7): considering how much the current English language owes to French after I am surprised that Chirac hasn't come up with the face-saving solution of declaring English to be a (badly spoken and hopelessly ungrammatical ) dialect of French
I thought that the Germans could have this claim more than the French. The only French term that every American nows is Menage a Trois.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54 Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2796 times:
Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 8): I thought that the Germans could have this claim more than the French.
Yep, true enough. English is a Germanic language, in root and structure. The French element is layered on top of it, expanding the vocabulary, but doesn't affect the grammar or structure. Out of the 100 most frequently used words, something like 98 of them are Anglo-Saxon.
You can speak English quite happily without ever using a Latin based word.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Fumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
Speaking of Tom Jones, one of the best albums I've purchased in the last year is "Paul Anka Rock Swings". He does the big band cheese versions of Its my life, Eye of the tiger, Wonderwall, Blackhole Sun, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Hello, etc, etc. It sounds cheesy, and it is, but I enjoy it!
To make this relevant to thread:
The French have no respect for popular music! The last good band that they advocated was the Doors and that was 30 years ago! Christ, you think that they might have some kind of attitude.
25 Banco: Well, there's Johnny Halliday. Mind you, to the disgust of the French, he's just taken Belgian citizenship.
26 YOWza: I have no problem with him walking out. Sure it was childish but so was the other guy for presenting in Eglish in the first place. YOWza
27 Fumanchewd: A person should be able to think or speak in whatever way they should feel fit, as long as it doesn't hurt anybody.
28 Banco: Maybe, (shock, horror) he wanted everyone to be able to understand what he was saying.
29 Gman94: If a British delegation has done that to someone speaking in French we would of been called the usual stereotypical things, like racists, xenophobics
30 Skidmarks: Chirac is a pompous, self centred prat and not a good representation of the French people. Why is he still alive? Andy
31 Cornish: I did not . Mind you Kirkie expressed his penchant for Pete Burns from Dead or Alive Wit, humour and some intelligence and common sense brought to th
32 Mika: I always thought it was "French fries", due to a number of things :D
33 Pyrex: English is sort of a bastard version both of French and German. It has a lot of French words but it's grammar does not have the complexity of either
34 Kiwiandrew: but French fries are Belgian , not French
35 NoUFO: Ah, that's why Belgian Sarah Bettens moved to the US. Almost correct. The English are bastards.
36 Frequentflyer: That guy is really stupid. Time for retirement!
37 Sebolino: Tsss ... Banco, Banco ... We all know your feelings towards France. It will be a great disappointment to you to learn that about half of the English
38 Gkirk: Finally a German says something sensible
39 Skidmarks: So why is Mr Chirac whingeing then? Man's a complete ass and has his head up his own bum! Andy
40 Jaysit: Well, the French have been behaving rather badly of late. And you can't just blame those disaffected French Muslim youth any more. Between Chirac and
41 JGPH1A: True - sadly, he is a senile old fraud about 15 years past his sell-by date. He's hanging on, hoping that the CPE crisis will cause De Villepin to se
42 DL021: That's great! Not sure how true it is with the amount of Franglaise in the language of the day, but it's freaking hilarious! I'd have to say that he'