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Thread #7921   Message #48422
Posted By: Philippa
07-Dec-98 - 11:46 AM
Thread Name: Macaronachas / Macaronic Songs. Language mixing
Subject: RE: MacarĂ³nachas / Macaronic Songs. Language mixi
Bobby Bob gave us a bit from Leland from Encyclopedia Brittania. I found this excerpt from Leland on the web: "[OCTAVE DELEPIERRE ]often spoke of Breitmann's "Interview with the Pope" as his favorite Macaronic poem, which, as he had published two volumes of Macaronea, was praise indeed. His theory was, that as Macaronics were the ultra-extravagance of poetry, he who wrote most recklessly in them did best; in fact, that they should excel in first-rate BADNESS; and from this point of view it is possible that Breitmann's Latin lyric is not devoid of merit, since assuredly nobody ever wrote a worse. "

The German lesson quoted reminds me of similar Germanized English that used to be in issues of MAD magazine - which I'm sure some Mudcatters can remember. And also - Annraoi will appreciate this - of the time someone asked me "Sprechen sie Deutsh" and without thinking I replied "NĂ­ spreichim"!