Date: Mon, 12 Sep 1994 16:50:05 EDT From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: etaoin shrdlu I was once told by an English major from Chile that Chilean comedians imitate the sounds of English (without using any English at all) by endless repetition of fricatives, especially /s/. She did not specify which vowels should go between the s's. Notably, she did not get the joke when someone in class (me) imitated Spanish by making a lot of /k/ and trilled /r/ sounds; however, we were on common ground with a honking nasal imitation of French. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]