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Monday, May 08, 2006

For James

The Germans have an inhuman way of cutting up their verbs. Now a verb has a hard time enough of it in this world when it's all together. It's downright inhuman to split it up. But that's just what those Germans do. They take part of a verb and put it down here, like a stake, and they take the other part of it and put it away over yonder like another stake, and between these two limits they just shovel in German.
-- Mark Twain

4 comments:

~d (tilde) said...

this is an awesome quote...AWESOME! Did you know it already, or did you go look for it?
( got yr msg abt lodging in London-thank you ! )

James said...

That´s cool! I didnt know he said that.

alala said...

Hee hee. Mark Twain went to Germany, and is known to have held strong opinions about the language, so if you google "Mark Twain German" a lot of stuff like that comes up.

~d (tilde) said...

Abt spoons and missing forks....believe me I want to blame the little devils disguised as my children...we are also missing 2 Home Depot gift cards, and 20 months ago my sister lost an American Express card. We are the first ones to live here...but maybe SOMETHING lived on this GROUND before us...Ooooohhhhhh ( spooky noises! )