It’s interesting to see someone else wax lyrical about a language that I just speak… The article Why Arabic is Terrific is a good read for anyone interested in linguistics. It also has some I assume good links to learning the language and tells you why you might want to.
I had an odd dream last night I was travelling to a castle with a group of friends, we were initially just sight seeing but when we got to the castle it turned out there was some government body based there.
I was queueing to get something done in the administrative wing of the castle and there was a woman I tears in front of me. I turned out age had a letter from her estranged husband who was holding her son captive. Each part of the letter was written in a different language including Arabic, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, and Mayan among others.
I helped translate the Arabic which they had made a complete mess of abduction it turned out the boy was being held in Saudi Arabia.
So I offered to put the woman in touch with someone who could help her get her son back.
I’ve always liked it when a Science fiction movie, book or film plays games with the evolution of language in the future. Bladerunner had Cityspeak a mix of Hungarian, French, Chinese, German, Korean and Japanese. Joss Whedon decided to go down a simpler route and had people swear in Mandarin, here is a list of Topless Robots top 15 Chinese Curses from Firefly with pronunciation. You can visit Topless Robot to read about when they appear.
15) Stupid Inbred Stack of Meat
????????? BUN tyen-shung duh ee-DWAY-RO
14) Cow Sucking
?? ? Shee-niou
13) A Baboon’s Asshole
????? ? FAY-FAY duh PEE-yen
12) Extraordinarily Impatient Buddha
??????? ? Jen mei NAI-shing duh FWO-tzoo
11) Dog Fucking
??? ? Go tsao de
10) Panda Piss
??? ? Shiong mao niao
9) Frog-Humping Son of a Bitch
?????? ? Ching-wah TSAO duh liou mahng
8) Stupid Son of a Drooling Whore and a Monkey
????????????? ? Liou coe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze duh ur-tze
7) Have a Shit-Throwing Contest with a Monkey
?????? ? Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se
6) Filthy Fornicators of Livestock
???????? ? Huh choo-shung tza-jiao duh tzang-huo
5) Motherless Goats of All Motherless Goats
?????? ? Gao yang jong duh goo yang
4) Holy Mother of God and All Her Wacky Nephews
???????????? ? Wuh duh ma huh tah duh fong kwong duh wai shung
3) Shove All the Planets in the Universe Up my Ass
????????????? ? Tai-kong suo-yo duh shing-chiou sai-jin wuh duh pee-goo
2) The Explosive Diarrhea of an Elephant
????????? ? Da-shiang bao-tza shr duh lah doo-tze
1) Holy Testicle Tuesday
????? ? Shun-SHENG duh gao-WAHN
Via Topless Robot
I woke up this morning with a phrase spinning around my head, the phrase was “Best Friend with Caveats”. It’s wierd I don’t know if I dremt it or how it popped into my head but all day I’ve been mulling over the concept, trying to figure out what this implies.
Everyone knows the term “Best Friend with Benefits” the implication being a friendship that allows you priveliges that even a best friend would not get, usually used to mean sex.
But what is a best friend with caveats?
You can really read it in one of several ways:
You are a best friend but there are certain aspects of “best friendship” which you don’t adhere to.
Maybe you are a best friend who refuses to acknowledge a partner, or who takes great pleasure in putting your friend down. Maybe you will stand by your friend through thick and thin except when it relates to one particular thing.
I’m your best friend but there are certain aspects of best friendship that I Don’t adhere to.
As above but it’s the other wy round the caveats are one my friendship to you, there are certain circumstances in which I will just abandon you, or worse still take the other side. One such caveat might be that I am your best friend but my significant other takes precedence over you, or I’ll be your best friend so long as I’m Sober, when I’m drunk however I want nothing to do with you.
We are both bet friends but we both accept that there are limitations to our friendship.
We both agree or at least acknowledge the fact that there are certain circumstances in which we may not acto towards each other as friends. The circumstances could be shared, or each of the two friends could have there on set of particular circumstances in which they refuse to act like a best friend.
The latter of these two is just really an amalgumation of the first two reading, you just both do it in different ways. The former however could lead to some interesting social situations, where two people are the greatest of friends but hate each other when they are drunk, out on the town, pursueing someone. I’m sure there are better examples.
I don’t really have a conclusion, I’ve wanted to write a blog post for ages and I decided to stretch this four word phrase which I though had interesting connotations into a whoel blog post.
I also thought I’d be the first person to mentions it, as it doesn’t seem to be in any of the hits for the phrase in google.
Are you “Best Friends with Caveats” with anyone? If so you can tell me how in the comments.
I skimmed over this post about french pick up lines appatently they are exacly the same as they are in English… Insanely cheesy, verging on creepy, and usually just plain rubbish…
My favourite is this one:
Est-ce que tu crois au coup de foudre au premier regard ou est-ce que je dois repasser ?
(Do you believe in love at first sight? Or should I walk by again?)
I know that pick up lines serve a purpose, they break the ice and give you a reason to talk to somone, but sometimes they are enough to drive somone away from the sheer horror of what you just said to them.