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[Link] English as She is Spoke
Posted By: codeman38, on host
Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2001, at 14:25:58

Just stumbled across this link today. It's the e-text version of an English-Portuguese phrasebook which was published in the late 19th century, a phrasebook whose author had the rather unusual distinction of not actually knowing any English.

Not only that, he didn't have an actual English-Portuguese dictionary on hand, so he translated from Portuguese to French and then French to English using what materials were available.

Needless to say, the results were hilarious; I'm tempted to call it the Zero Wing of the 19th century.


-- codeman"you jest, you does express you self very well"38

Link: English as She is Spoke

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