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08 September 2008
Blame the French for Russia's stay in Georgia
This one's a beauty - the reason why the Russian army is still camped out in bits of Georgia proper could be the fault of the French who brokered the peace deal between Russia and Georgia. The original deal was drawn up in French, obviously, and then translated into English and Russian. The problem is that the Russian version is different from the English version - nobody seems to have referred to the original French document so God knows what that says. The differences are not great, and are mainly concerned with the odd preposition here and there, but that is enough to keep the Russian army in place and the French feeling like tits.

Somebody should really tell the French that the days of using their language as the official diplomatic tongue are long over. French today is only of use to head waiters and overpriced prostitutes, but nobody else.



I think that you're making a case for Esperanto here. There are clearly language barriers, and a need to overcome them. I think that the solution lies in Esperanto. Take a look at www.esperanto.net

What do you think?

An Englishman in exile in north Wales!

8 September 2008 at 09:26  

I think that you are living in a fantasy world, but if you want to plug Esperanto that's fine by me.

8 September 2008 at 10:31  

Well, at least you reacted. I prefer the view that the world can be made a better place by our efforts, but clearly you do not.

I'm very much in the real world. Don't write Esperanto off. Take a calm look at it!

8 September 2008 at 12:51  

Esperanto - Chinese is a better option.

But why throw away a good thing? A global language already exists, it's pointless to throw away a fully evolved language, that I believe, has almost 3 times the vocabulary of Russian.

So we have "shades" of meaning that no other language can supply. Hence we're on to a good thing.

8 September 2008 at 13:43  

Hang on a minute, that can't be right. I still have cause to use French, even though I'm not a head waiter, and I'm certainly not overpriced, as the select band of clients for my journalism (OK, prostitution if you insist)will confirm.

8 September 2008 at 14:21  

Well, yes, it's still possible to use French in the modern world, but only if one has to suck up to silly buggers who just won't concede that the French language has lost the war. As a diplomat I fought long and hard for monolingual EU meetings, and when the Scandinavians all joined it was game set & match. It might have been harmless until the Rwanda genocide showed just how dirty the French were prepared to play to support Francophones against Anglophones.

But I thought the overpriced whores all spoke Russian these days.

And nick - don't be offended - all work is either vocation or prostitution.

8 September 2008 at 18:59  

I wasn't being entirely serious, chaps, but never mind.

The world has always had an international language. Latin held the honour for centuries and then French took over.

Now it is English and that's just life. Trying to turn it into an invented language like Esperanto is a waste of time. Great arguments to the contrary, it is just not going to happen, so let's go with the flow and use English.

8 September 2008 at 19:17  

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