I envy people to whom a quip in their mother tongue isn’t any more worthy of consideration than, for instance, stating their name or address; the result of a lifetime of operating within a specific cultural context.

Fluency without baggage is an illusion, maybe. It sometimes disheartens me to realise that most of my own baggage was acquired on purpose, not by an organic sequence of random accidents.

Nowhere. That’s where I’m from.



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For language nerds

But do they ever let the tripping of the tips of their tongues against the tops of their teeth transport them to giddy euphoric bliss?

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I don’t believe there’s such a thing as…

I don’t believe there’s such a thing as TV. I mean – they just keep showing you the same pictures over and over. And when they talk they just make sounds that more or less synch up with their lips.

Laurie Anderson – Language is a virus

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