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Quote of the (last work-)day

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From one of my co-workers, on internal IRC, after I once more exhibited my sketchy grasp of the French grammar:

curl --mirror http://www.leconjugueur.com/ | ssh pphaneuf 'cat >/dev/brain'

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caspianxi
Jan. 29th, 2007 09:19 am (UTC)
jésus. Wait until they meet me.

"ouais, ch'ete neé au Québac, mais chsuis anglephon."

It's all about destroying organized language. Grammar is for chairladies.
pphaneuf
Jan. 29th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC)
Hahaha! But at least, you have the excuse of being anglo!

I'm all the more surprising, grammar-wise, as while I do have an accent, it remains rather clean, and only use the occasional word they find weird in France (like "fournaise" to refer to a fuel-burning central heating system, as opposed to electric baseboards or seomthing similar, but they have hardly any grasp on the whole "heating your house" concept around here), and I'm actually pretty anal about writing as correctly as I can, even on IRC, IM and SMS.

But I simply gave up on written French grammar around 6th grade, where I deemed it more difficult than machine vision or other problems.

The French could be the leading technology super-power if they used all the brain cells they use for mastering their grammar and use them on stuff like quantum physics. We'd all be buying Renault teleporters right now if they spoke English.

But instead, no, they're listening to fucking reggae and world music all the time, and driving like idiots, because their brains is busy remembering things like the third past subjonctive of "baiser". Jebus.
azrhey
Jan. 29th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
que j'eusse baisé
que tu eusses baisé
qu'il eût baisé
que nous eussions baisé
que vous eussiez baisé
qu'ils eussent baisé

Quantum physics suck!
pphaneuf
Jan. 29th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
See? You'd already be ruling the world if you didn't speak French! ;-)
dcoombs
Jan. 29th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
When the conjugated form has NO LETTERS IN COMMON WITH THE BASE VERB ("eusse" / "avoir"), I think I am justified in my confusion.
azrhey
Jan. 29th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
I AM
you ARE
he IS

what verb is that again?

;-)
dcoombs
Jan. 29th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Did I say English was easy? I did not. Anyway, at least those are shorter. :)
muadda
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Esperanto
English and French are badly designed. That's why we need Esperanto

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto
muadda
Feb. 3rd, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Comment traduire en anglais le jeu de mot suivant?

«Je fume, tu fumes, nous fûmes.»
pphaneuf
Feb. 3rd, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Haha! I don't think it's possible. :-)
dcoombs
Feb. 3rd, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Haha, that's cute. You could say "I smoke, you smoke, we're dead" to translate only the meaning, but you lose all the cleverness.
dcoombs
Feb. 5th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
"I smoke, you smoke, we're smoked!" ?? It's a bit of a stretch...
muadda
Jan. 29th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Pour conjuguer au passé du subjonctif, il eut fallu que je le susse. Mais heureusement, ce n'est pas très utile.

http://leconjugueur.com/php/newconjugue.php?lang=fr&verbe=savoir
http://leconjugueur.com/php/newconjugue.php?verbe=falloir&lang=fr

Et puis, le français, c'est simple: il y a même des verbes qui ne se conjuguent qu'à la troisième personne du singulier, comme pleuvoir, falloir, etc.

http://leconjugueur.com/php/newconjugue.php?lang=fr&verbe=pleuvoir
v0idnull
Jan. 29th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
wait
what?

internal IRC?
pphaneuf
Jan. 29th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Hmm, yes, why? An internal IRC server, behind a firewall, for our own nefarious proprietary chatter. ;-)
v0idnull
Jan. 29th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
I can honestly say I have never seen a corporate irc network before.
pphaneuf
Jan. 29th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Well, it's a network of one server, so it's kind of a degenerate case. We had one at NITI as well, which was even better, because we had a #quiz channel (with a quizbot). :-)
dcoombs
Jan. 29th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
...which sometimes worked!
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