Uit: Language in Thought and Action,
door S.I. Hayakawa.
Chapter 6 The Double task of Language
II. Bertand Russell, on a British Broadcasting Company program called
the Brains Trust, gave the following "conjugation" of an "irregular verb":
||I am firm.
You are obstinate.
He is a pig-headed fool.
The New Statesman and Nation, quoting the above as a model, offered prizes to
readers who sent in the best "irregular verbs" of this kind. Here are some of
the published entries.
||I am sparkling. You are unusually talkative. He is drunk.
I am righteously indignant. You are annoyed. He is making a fuss about nothing.
I am fastidious. You are fussy. He is an old woman.
I am a creative writer. You have a joumalistic flair. He is a prosperous hack.
I am beautiful. You have quite good features. She isn't bad-Iooking, if you like
I day dream. You are an escapist. He ought to see a psychiatrist.
I have about me something of the subtle, haunting, mysterious fragrance of the
Orient. You rather overdo it, dear. She stinks.
Conjugate, in a similar way, the following statements:
1. I am slender.
2. I am a trifle overweight.
3. I don't dance very weU.
4. Naturally I use a little make-up.
5. I collect rare, old objects of art.
6. I don't like to play bridge with people who are too serions ab out it.
7. I don't claim to know aU the answers.
8. I believe in old-fashioned, laissez-faire liberalism.
9. I need plenty of sleep.
10. I'm just an old-fashioned girt.
11. I don't care much about theories; I'm the practica! type.
12. 1 believe in being frank.
13. I rarely find time to read books.
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