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Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard sounds pretty French to me.
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (pronounced /ˈbɔərɨɡɑrd/; May 28, 1818 February 20, 1893) was a Louisiana-born American military officer, politician, inventor, writer, civil servant, and the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army

My surname is VERY British- my grandmother was totally unable to pronounce it
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All of which:
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  • were provoked by the French.
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The French attacked Fort Sumter?
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Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard sounds pretty French to me.
I have no excuse for missing that. Ken Burns' The Civil War was on recently, and although I remember Beauregarde, I forgot he was the guy in charge of the bombardment of Fort Sumter, as well as winning the First Battle of Bull Run/Manassas.
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Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard ... was a Louisiana-born...
It's ok. You can stop there.
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Don't ask too much- he's got a headache, poor thing.
A headache is what you get after reading Nietzsche, not before. So no excuse for highjacking a thread, even though we all are a little bit relieved that this discussion is digging its own grave. But the original question could have become a legitimate discussion... sorry for being too serious, I tried but nobody answers serious messages, so DB is probably right with his sabotage (oops, another French word in English, you people really can't say anything on your own, you always need us )
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French is for people too stupid to be English.

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Fixed that for you
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Why not? Surely it is better than the effete lisping of French, the simian jabbering of Italian and the bronchitic spluttering of Swiss German?
Well, realize that English is a mix of German and French, and so is a mix of lisping and bronchitic spluttering !?
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What language does he speak, then?
American ? Could this be perhaps be the 6th official language ?
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Fixed that for you
What about the Scotts?

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Old 10.04.2011, 23:07
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Well, realize that English is a mix of German and French
No, it isn't. Any more at least than a tree is it's roots, a skyscraper it's foundations, a cake it's ingredients. There's magic in the oven Wolli.
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Well, realize that English is a mix of German and French, and so is a mix of lisping and bronchitic spluttering !?
Tonic water is unpalatable and gin is pretty harsh, but put them together and you get the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon on the terrace.
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Well, realize that English is a mix of German and French, and so is a mix of lisping and bronchitic spluttering !?
non-true, because it has evolved...That would be like calling a cute little lizard an ugly T rex
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...you people really can't say anything on your own, you always need us[/I] )
and you need Italians/latins...
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What about the Scotts?
They're a very nice family - I went to school with their middle son... You know them too?!?!? Cool!
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If you want bronchitic spluttering, go to Liverpool!
About lisping, are you mixing French with Castillan Spanish perhaps.

I just love that term : Anglo-Saxons- it always goes down so well with BNP and EDL lovers.

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Well, realize that English is a mix of German and French, and so is a mix of lisping and bronchitic spluttering !?
And a GERMANIC language

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Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard sounds pretty French to me.
So are you finally going to recognize then that Brunel was French?
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and you need Italians/latins...
But I don't call them inferior, I call them cousins. Now read this thread again and tell me if that is the attitude of the Anglophones here.

It's really a good thing I know other Anglophones in real life, otherwise, this forum would make me far more anglophobe than the worse French village ever could.
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Tonic water is unpalatable and gin is pretty harsh, but put them together and you get the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon on the terrace.
But Gin Straight according to what I heard once from the Chancellor of the WestGerman Embassy in Nouakchott is the best thing to act against all the illnessesses around in that area and so, on a German-Swiss evening there we all had heaps of the stuff free of charge
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So are you finally going to recognize then that Brunel was French?
His father was born in Normandy.

So he can be considered to be English, really.
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No, it isn't. Any more at least than a tree is it's roots, a skyscraper it's foundations, a cake it's ingredients. There's magic in the oven Wolli.
No, you are wrong.

English is a blatant mix of German and French, if YOU can't see it , you really don't understand much of language.

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Old 10.04.2011, 23:18
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But I don't call them inferior, I call them cousins.
Of course you don't, they are your equals. This isn't the same relative to the Anglophones.

OK, a joke.

But unfortunately, we're discussing for fun. The fight has been won, and it's English who's running about the ring with his hands in the air.
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