Tom Simard

Poetry, Music, and Prose

Language and Dialect

Question: What is the difference between a dialect and language?
Answer: A language is a dialect with an army and navy.

For the origins of the above, see this.

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4 thoughts on “Language and Dialect

  1. This is a thing of beauty–really sublime. Sometimes the best jokes aren’t belly-laughers (although I’ve got nothing against them), but stay with you because they contain a truth that is not just a caricature or stereotype (which are still both kinds of truth), but something universal and vital.

    That reminds me of this joke, which you may also have heard:

    This man goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doctor, all the joy is gone from my life. I’m sad all the time, and everything is grey and meaningless.”

    The doctor says, “I have just thing thing for you, sir! It just so happens that Raymundo, the world famous clown, is appearing locally. He’s the funniest man alive. If you go see him, he’ll chase your blues away.”

    “But Doctor,” the man says, “I’m Raymundo.”

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  2. Great definition.
    Living between two houses. No internet. No desk yet.

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  3. I’m not sure which is worse no Internet or no desk. Maybe both?

    I hope you get settled very soon.

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