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RSWells
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Bear with me and decide how much is tongue and how much cheek.

What we need is one world language (surely a statement that will irk true poets).

First a bible story;
"The biblical tale of Babel describes how, in the early days of the world, all mankind spoke one language. Journeying from the east, they came to the great plains of Babylonia," (ironically today Iraq) "and settled. They wished to build a tower so high that its top could reach heaven; however God was angry with their arrogance, and as punishment for this excessive human pride, similar to that shown in Eden," (a real place Edin in Iraq) "God divided the people by giving them different languages and scattering them over the face of the earth."
      Genesis 11;1--11;9 (King James Version)

Those who have wanted to translate works from other languages may be aware of AltaVista's website "babel fish". It is a noble effort but sometimes (well often) falls short. But it prompted this experiment. I took the famous first verse from Katharine Lee Bates (hey wasn't she in "Misery"? or was that Regis' partner?)song
  
       America The Beautiful

    O beautiful for spacious skies,
       For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountain majesties
       Above the fruited plain!
    America! America!
       God shed His grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
       From sea to shining sea!

I allowed babel fish to translate it from English to French, from French to English, to German and back to English. My reasons should be obvious for anyone current on world events (particularly world misunderstandings) This is how that translation read ;

    "O beautifully  for roomy the skies, vaguely
      ambers the grain,
     The majesties crimsons the mountain
     over the fruit camps level!
    America! America! Hangar of the God its
     beauty on good thy of thee and of crown
      with the brother shank of the sea
     toward to the bright sea!

Now until we can all agree (yea right) on a common language I recommend that instead of the Germans allowing the French to get them upset (that's a switch) They consult the Japanese (from the original axis of evil). The Japanese translation from this mess at this point is far more poetic and sufficiently bureaucratic that none should find offense. Again from babel fish;

   Beautifully O it is wide for the sake of the sky
   namely vaguely the crimsons of the royalty
   which the ambers grain namely the
   mountain in regard to camp of the fruit
    makes horizontal
   America! America! the hangar thee of God
   to the bright sea beauty of the thy where
   the crown which has the shank of the
    sibling of the sea is good!

Now who could get angry with that?

Whadya think? Maybe pig Latin?
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1 posted 04-23-2003 11:05 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

ouyay avehay ayay oodgay ideahay!
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eghay urshay osdey!

         

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ouyay areyay allyaya utsnay! LOL

Pretty interesting translations though!

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Ankthay oooyay allyay, iyay inkthay.
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igpay atinlay isay otnay ympay ingthay... but a Utopian language? That's quite an idea!
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ROTFL. I did almost the same thing one night, from English to French to Japanese to Spanish then Italian, and back to English. Man, the result was a total jibberish!
Come to think of it, maybe JIBBERISH IS the international language?
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8 posted 04-24-2003 10:16 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

If jibberish were the international language, Toerag would be a translator at the U.N.!!

Richard, I admire a mind that come up with an idea like this for thought....nicely done!
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That. Is. GREAT!

 
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