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Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 07:17:41 -0400
From: Vest per Teen
Subject: BLAGUES-L: The French and the English language

Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 23:11:38 -0600
Janet Mackay wrote:

A Frenchman studied English for 45 years.  At the end of this time, he
reckoned he knew every nuance of the language.  He could do impressions
of regional accents, he knew idiomatic and formal speech, and, most
importantly of all in his estimation, he had every strange and irregular
English spelling at his fingertips.

So he decided finally to visit England. (He'd never been before as he
felt that his accent would make him a laughing stock).

He got on the train at Gare du Nord, looking forward to his first trip
to London.  Arriving at Waterloo, he went to the theatre district to
take a look around.  When he stood outside the first theatre, however,
he suddenly went pale, then screamed "I'll NEVER understand this
language" and threw himself under a bus.

Passers-by wondered why he'd reacted this way just because of a poster
on the theatre that read "Hamlet: Pronounced success".

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