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!"