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January 20, 2011

What English sounds like

Here’s a video of Italians speaking gibberish that is supposed to — and does — sound like English:

I got there from a comment from Elmo Gearloose (possibly a pseudonym) to a BoingBoing posting of Rush Limbaugh imitating what Hu Jintao sounds like to him — which strikes me not so much as racism as boastful ignorance. If it’s outrageous, it’s because it’s so inhospitable and unwelcoming.

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