Tuesday, December 15, 2009

“Learn Not To Speak Esperanto”


Jewish date:  28 Kislew 5770 (Parashath MiqQeṣ).

Today’s quasi-holidays:  Cat Herders Day, National Lemon Cupcake Day, Esperanto Day.

Worthy cause of the day:  “Stop Birth Defects and Cancer From Environmental Pollution - The Petition Site”.

In honor(?) of Esperanto Day, today’s weird thing is “Learn Not To Speak Esperanto”, which deals with everything wrong with Esperanto, Earth’s most popular artificial language.  Esperanto was intended as an universal language, but so far it only has about a million speakers, mostly idealists and science-fiction authors who cannot be bothered to learn or invent a better language.  Esperanto has also been criticized for everything from its choice of vocabulary to its grammar to implied sexism.  Enjoy, share the weirdness, and invest your language-learning effort and time in Hebrew, which is 50,000 times cooler than Esperanto and has the unbeatable boast of being the native language of the Hebrew Bible.

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