[thechat] English test

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Thu Nov 14 04:09:01 CST 2002

On Thu, 14 Nov 2002, Madhu Menon wrote:

> Do you think you know English? Try this one.
> Can you decipher this:
> Two individuals proceeded towards the apex of a natural geologic
> protuberance, the purpose of their expedition being the procurement of a
> sample of fluid hydride of oxygen in a large vessel, the exact size of
> which was unspecified.
> One member of the team precipitously descended, sustaining severe damage
> to the upper cranial portion of his anatomical structure; subsequently the
> second member of the team performed a self rotational translation oriented
> in the same direction taken by the first team member.

And if you want to model that translation:


"Names, once they are in common use, quickly
 become mere sounds, their etymology being
 buried, like so many of the earth's marvels,
 beneath the dust of habit." - Salman Rushdie

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