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MARTINA MARIA KERNDL

On "The Awful German Language"

In this essay
Mark Twain explains
how to kill Germans
in the most efficient,
so legal, way.

While learning German for nine weeks
three of his teachers "died".
Twain's threat of thirty years average studying time
must therefore meant to be some cruel compound
of Dilettantenaufdringlichkeitentolerancerevenge.

And even though this might be the German idea
of beginning at the wrong end perfectionized,
I can once Petrus asks me "What are you doing here?"
at least honestly say, that I have never murdered
via habe gehabt haben werden gewesen sein.

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"The Awful German Language" [ Link: gutenberg.org ]

by Mark Twain.




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