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    English with accent in Artemus Ward's work

    Dear all,

    I read about the comic dialect of Artemus Ward's work and it quotes:


    "I manetane that wax figgers is more elevatin than awl the plays ever wroten. Take Shakespeer for instunse. Peple think heze grate things, kontend heze quite the reverse to the kontrary. What sort of sense is thare to King Leer who goze round cussin his darters, chawin hay and throin straw at folks, and larfin like a silly old koot and makin a ass of hisself ginerally?"

    I can pretty much decipher what this paragraph says except "kontend heze quite the reverse to the kontrary". Can anybody tell me what it is in standard English?

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    Re: English with accent in Artemus Ward's work

    Quote Originally Posted by KuaiLe View Post
    I can pretty much decipher what this paragraph says ...
    Perhaps you'd like to render it into standard English for the benefit of other students, KuaiLe.

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    Re: English with accent in Artemus Ward's work

    not a teacher

    Peple think heze grate things, kontend heze quite the reverse to the kontrary.

    You have misquoted the passage. The original says: "Peple think heze grate things, but I kontend heze quite the reverse to the kontrary". The speaker seems to comically contradict himself.

    As I understand it, the intended meaning is: "People think he is great, but I say that on the contrary, he is the opposite".
    Last edited by JMurray; 10-Oct-2014 at 10:44.

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