Saturday, October 20, 2012

The pains of Proflish

"In normal English, 'parse' means to identify the grammatical functions of the words in a sentence. But in Proflish, the professor tongue, which is the status language of planet earth, the language to which all other languages aspire, 'parse' means anything you want it to mean.

In this case, it appears to mean something like 'look at.' Well, says the Martian, why can’t he just say 'look at?' That’s sort of a puzzler, but I can think of two, related reasons. One, he would be understood immediately, and that is not the goal of anyone speaking Proflish. Two, he would reveal the fact that he is saying nothing."


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