Thursday, December 14, 2006

Merry Christmas in Many Languages...

No, really, this isn't two posts in one day. This is tomorrow's post, posted early. See the difference?

So, there I was, looking up Christmas on the internet, and found this site that lists how to say "Merry Christmas" in a number of different languages. How handy, huh, in the event you're writing a Christmas novel set in, say, Samoa (La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou), and you need a character to say "Merry Christmas" in the language native to the land.

And, surely, someday, it will come in handy to be able to say "Merry Christmas" in Papiamento (Bon Pasco)---but, um, gee. Where is Papiamento spoken? Also, where is Rhetian (Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn) spoken?

No, turn off your Snark-o-Detectors. I'm not being snarky here. Not about Christmas. I'll snark about many things, but never Christmas. Snarking about Christmas is rude. It's like stealing a kid's candy cane from him right after he's struggled to peel that obnoxious plastic wrapping off of it, and has the treat halfway to his mouth.

Now I have a mission. To find the countries where Papiamento and Rhetian are spoken. And Sami, Urdu, Pushto, Occitan, Manx, Lausitzian, Hausa, Faeroese...

3 comments:

Jessica Raymond said...

Well, I can knock one off your list now: Manx is an ancient language from the Isle of Man, part of this here United Kingdom :)

Jess x

Laura Hamby said...

Well, ya learn something new every day! Thanks, Jess. :*

Anonymous said...

Papiamentu is spoken in Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, way down in the Caribbean.