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Chris -- 2011-03-08
I’m trying to track down a book I have seen, fake French by one “Guillaume Shakespierre,” as I recall (when read alound, the French words resolve themselves into English sounds), only to find that “Shakespierre” is a fairly common misspelling. I just find it funny.
This is a great misspelling, and there’s a nice converse out there; ‘Robespeare’ for ‘Robespierre.,’ e.g.
From them, sprung Robespeare—Danton & Murat [Jean Paul Marat?], who deluged it
I don’t know the Shakespierre book, but the concept sounds a lot like the one underpinning the book “Mots d’Heures: Gousses, Rames” by Louis d’Antin Van Rooten. The title, if read with with more or less French pronunciation, turns out to refer to familiar nursery rhymes, all of which are delivered in English that’s disguised as nonsensical French.