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.