Saturday, April 02, 2005


The French Language

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, chapter 14:
"Why, Huck, doan' de French people talk de same way we does?"

"No, Jim; you couldn't understand a word they said -- not a single word."

"Well, now, I be ding-busted! How do dat come?"

"I don't know; but it's so. I got some of their jabber out of a book. S'pose a man was to come to you and say Polly-voo-franzy -- what would you think?"

"I wouldn' think nuff'n; I'd take en bust him over de head."

"Is a Frenchman a man?"


"Well, den! Dad blame it, why doan' he talk like a man? You answer me dat!"

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