Saturday, December 16, 2006

I Didn't Know This

Did you know that French was the second language of the UN and that France required any Secretary-General to be fluent in French or they would veto the selection. Learn something useless every day.

The French-speaking world has just discovered that Ban Ki-moon the new Secretary-General of the UN, can't speak French. How horrible. A hundred years ago it was the language of Diplomacy and Paris was the city of Diplomacy. Those days have passed.

The French culture, once considered the height of elegance and class, now reminds me of an old former beauty queen, who despises her youthful "competition" and doesn't realize she's not even in the game any more.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting...can't say i knew that little tidbit either; but i certainly agree with you about them not even being part of the game any longer....

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't know that either... I kind of look at French like an old pair of socks that hasn't been thrown away yet.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Too funny. Talk about arrogance, oh wait, it's the french, I'm being redundant.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Come on you guys, they aren't that bad. They founded Michigan's biggest city, explored the whole Great Lakes basin, founding many of the cities along the way, gave us help to defeat the British, and our most cherished national icon, Lady Liberty. No, I will not gratuitously bash France, even though our governments don't see eye to eye. I am, afterall a Frenchman by ancestry, but an American by the grace of God.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

"Too funny. Talk about arrogance, oh wait, it's the french, I'm being redundant."

I could easily substitute "Neocon Republican" for French...

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No problem, move them all to France and let the frogs foot the bill.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Tom C said...

That wasn't useless. It brought a smile to my face!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Not in the game anymore is a great way to put it.

11:36 PM  

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