Friday, 8 July 2011
Posted by M.H. Forsyth
If I wish to do an impression of a Chinese chap, I will not allow myself to be hampered by the fact that I don't speak a word of Mandarin. I will speak in cod Chinese. Something along the lines of Ah so chu li tah san ho kui.
For Swedish I would say Der flurgen hondsbarp en lursten empart.
For Italian I would use Di questo fina alimento paratorre.
Utterly meaningless, but sounds to my ears like the language in question. So, what does cod English sound like to an Italian?
Luckily, there was an Italian singer in the 1970s who wrote a song entirely in cod English. There is no meaning, and very few actual words scattered in. But it sounds, even to my ears, very like English.
Here it is, as a curio.