OFFTOPIC: CHAT: "to speak X with someone"

From: John Cowan (
Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 10:40:27 EDT

I am collecting cross-cultural/cross-linguistic examples of the
form "to speak [name of language] with someone", in either of two metaphorical

1) "to speak obscurely, unintelligibly" (English: "to speak Greek")

2) "to speak clearly, to the point, without circumlocution" (English: "to speak
                 plain English")

I would like original samples (in UTF-8 by choice, though I can convert)
and English literal renderings. I have set Reply-To: to myself.


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