kuidas sai alguse eesti keel

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kuidas sai alguse eesti keel

Postby henrik2 » 2005-04-20, 8:43

This is a true story (well, if not exactly true, then at least extremely likely to be true) about how the Estonian language came to be. I don't know the source of this, but it's apt enough :)


A long time ago, about 1000 or 1100 AD, three Estonian guys were sitting around the campfire. Their names were Billy, Ray and Duke (bet you didn't know that these are real ancient Estonian names). They were bored.

Billy spoke first. "Ya know Ray, what we need is anew language".

"Damn right!" said Ray, "Talkin' this way is gettin' boring and besides, everybody almost understands us. We need a language that's soo crazy, soo complicated that nobody will ever understand what's going on!".

As the idea picked up steam, Duke piped up. "Lets do it this way, that you can't say he or she. That way you won't know if you're talkin' about a man or woman. Also, we gotta think up names for people that give no clue to foreigners about their gender, names that change with the grammar so you never know what to call somebody!"

Ray nodded in approval. "Yeah," he said thoughtfully, "that's it. Then we can eliminate the future tense. Think of trying to ask someone out on date when you can't say the right name, whether it's a boy or girl or when it is going to happen!"

Billy, the smart one, was thinking in more technical terms already. "OK, let's make it this way, that when you learn a noun, you don't have to learn just one word but 14. Yeah and instead of just saying that you are going to or from something, you have to change the noun in some weird way."

Now Ray was excited and spilled his beer. "Yeah! And ... the nouns can't change the same way, let's make like, a hundred different spelling groups that all change in different ways!"

This appealed to Duke who added slyly, "Ya wanna make it real hard, a real nut-buster? Let's make it so all adjectives change, too. In boring old English, you say 'five small, red houses', 'small, red houses' and
'many small, red houses'. Small and red always stay the same but in our new language? Whoaaaa Nellie!"

Then they started practicing how to say 'Oh, you're learning Estonian' without busting up laughing.

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Postby Mantaz » 2005-04-20, 17:41

Hehehe, so true :D

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Postby snafu » 2005-04-23, 15:26

Source of the story + more interesting stuff -> www.eki.ee/keel/et997.html

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