Friday, September 12, 2008

[nilesfunnies] polyglot gag:

An Englishman, a Frenchman, a German and an Italian are sitting together
discussing the relative merits of their languages.

"To take a single example," says the Englishman, "what name better
suggests the beautiful, delicate motion of that creature we call a

"Ah," says the Frenchman, "but surely the glorious intricacy of its
markings and designs is captured utterly in the word /papillon/."

"Si," says the Italian, "but the frame of the creature itself, the
combination of grace and precariousness, is evoked to perfection by the
name /farfalla/."

"And what," says the German grouchily, "is wrong with /Schmetterling/ ?"