December 03, 2002
Academic Humor

Amish Tech Support mentions Gaza University's "Department of Advanced Anti-Semitic Studies" -- perhaps not quite so fictional as it ought to be. Someone once told me that the University of Pennsylvania was reshaping its language departments a few years back and briefly considered putting Hebrew in with Russian, Polish, and German. It wouldn't be easy to come up with a brief and accurate description for such a disparate collection of languages, and someone facetiously suggested that it could be called the Department of Semitic and Anti-Semitic Languages.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at December 03, 2002 10:00 PM

Thats so funny, I'm almost sorry they didn't do it.

It reminds me of a thing from last summer. During Pride Week in Toronto, a group was trying to come up with a theme for the Pride Prom (an anual semi-formal dance for students of the Gay and Lesbian high school).

Although the idea was rejected, someone suggested that the theme be "The Queer Bash". I still like it.

Posted by: Sean Kirby on December 4, 2002 12:37 AM

There is actually a professor of linguistics at Tel Aviv University, Paul Wexler, who thinks that Hebrew is "relexified Yiddish."

Anyway, for consideration....

Posted by: diana on December 4, 2002 03:00 PM

Extremely funny!

Posted by: Boris A.Kupershmidt on December 8, 2002 09:48 PM