So, two linguists-cum-lovers tried quick
For a covert quadrilabial click
But instead of a kiss
And the paramour’s bliss
They ended up in a silly lim’rick
The appeal of exotic linguistics
Lies in fun with our data logistics.
We can claim “This is Urdu,”
Of the grammar of Sioux,
Boasting grasp of advanced creolistics.
—Cailín na Luimní
There once were two experts of Shona
Who thought themselves gents of Verona.
Quite pleased with their smarts
And grasp of the arts,
They dressed like two pimps from Pomona.
I’ve just heard a polyglot moan
That she can’t trust her husband alone.
She caught him philanderin’
In quite obscene Mandarin,
Which really did lower the tone.
Grossly oversimplified correlations
Greenberg is to blame
—Morris Swadesh III
Roses are red,
Are purely psychosomatic.
—Col. O. Nihilist