There once was a linguistic garrison
Where the son of a captain called Harrison
Found some unlabelled weights
So to stop all debate
He performed a quick mass comparison.
—Col. O. Nihilist
A website made claims that we knew
On the face of it, couldn’t be true.
Just because they’d no word
It’s completely absurd
To say ancient Greeks couldn’t see blue.
Who’s the greatest Saussure in the land?
The answer, you should understand,
From the Esperantistoj
(Who will answer with great joy)
Would be René and not Ferdinand.
I once found a noun-noun compound
Simply lying around on the ground.
But the morph-market trends
Were to clippings and blends,
So I traded it in for a pound.
Make plurals by adding a -j,
E.g. tago to tagoj. OK?
That’s it; the job’s done.
Thumbs up, Zamenhof, son.
End of Esp’ranto lesson for today.
Write a paper, or watch the big game?
The results are quite nearly the same.
Though today we feel merry,
The triumph’s temporary—
For tomorrow we’ll do it again.
—Morris Swadesh III