Within a globe

A rather nice similarity appears between two texts, with the linking word ‘globe’. The first is from Shakespeare’s Henry V, written around 1599. The text is from Act 3 Scene 4

 

KATHARINE

Je te prie, m’enseignez: il faut que j’apprenne aparler. Comment appelez-vous la main en Anglois?

ALICE

La main? elle est appelee de hand.

KATHARINE

De hand. Et les doigts?

ALICE

Les doigts? ma foi, j’oublie les doigts; mais je mesouviendrai. Les doigts? je pense qu’ils sont
appeles de fingres; oui, de fingres.

KATHARINE

La main, de hand; les doigts, de fingres. Je penseque je suis le bon ecolier; j’ai gagne deux motsd’Anglois vitement. Comment appelez-vous les ongles?

ALICE

Les ongles? nous les appelons de nails.

KATHARINE

De nails. Ecoutez; dites-moi, si je parle bien: dehand, de fingres, et de nails.

ALICE

C’est bien dit, madame; il est fort bon Anglois.

KATHARINE

Dites-moi l’Anglois pour le bras.

ALICE

De arm, madame.

KATHARINE

Et le coude?

ALICE

De elbow.

KATHARINE

De elbow. Je m’en fais la repetition de tous lesmots que vous m’avez appris des a present.

ALICE

Il est trop difficile, madame, comme je pense.

KATHARINE

Excusez-moi, Alice; ecoutez: de hand, de fingres,de nails, de arma, de bilbow.

 

On 16 February 1916 The Globe published an article on soldiers’ speech, from which this is taken:

 

… an English officer ‘somewhere in France’ … was having his tea in his billet, a small farmhouse in the rear of the trenches, when he heard such scuffling and such shrieks of laughter that he proceeded to investigate. He found in progress an improved international language school, in which Tommy Atkins touched a chair, for instance, and was told its name, repeating it until he could say it correctly, and then the women of the household acquired the English name before he passed to another article in the room, the strange sounds and the mistakes in the process causing gales of laughter.

 

 

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