Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Lhude Sing, Cuccu!"

In response to the LA Times article (California legislators flying to Maui to meet with special interests) I posted to a linguistically inclined friend:

Dan, note how language is changing and becoming both shorter and simpler: "provide a relaxed setting" is the new way of saying, "provide an extravagantly generous, but technically legal, bribe".

This shouldn't surprise us. After all it was only a few hundred years ago we were singing, "Sumer is i-cumin in—" Whereas now we say "Summer's here".

The song went on, "Lhude sing, cuccu!" or "Loudly sing cuckoo!"

Interestingly, the cuckoo part has only changed in spelling.

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