By Harry Collis
Funny riddles with comedian illustrations aid ESL scholars achieve new insights into American language and tradition. every one riddle is observed by way of textual content that is helping scholars take hold of and grasp the underlying linguistic and cultural the explanation why the shaggy dog story is humorous.
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Minor changes in punctuation and amended footnotes) of a translation by Clements R. Markham that was published in 1893. Williams rephrases some of the Olson and Bourne sentences, such as by converting the above citation from the third-person description of Las Casas to the firstperson voice of Columbus—he changes “The Admiral went on shore in the armed boat” in Olson and Bourne to “I went ashore in the armed boat”—but also maintains much of their vocabulary and syntax. 50 In this sense, he stays fairly faithful to a professional translation of the diary.
Against what antagonist does Columbus defend? He knows that there are no competing European powers in the area. And if the local inhabitants really are unclothed and unarmed and “cowardly beyond remedy,” they are improbable attackers and certainly not effective ones, fort or no fort. The boasting by Columbus is empty. He claims that he could readily subdue, without constructing any garrison, a population at least twice that of Portugal on a landmass of greater size, but then why build it? He asserts of the stronghold, “not that I believe it to be necessary,” but obviously he does believe it to be necessary.
66 Their military superiority quickly wins the day. But in the context of the diary, Columbus’s forewarning makes no sense. Hitherto he has trumpeted the cowardice of the aboriginal peoples. Yet his claims of their docility are belied by his advice to his men that they be ready for any assault. Clearly, Columbus allotted local peoples more potential for resistance than he let on when he dismissed them as chicken. And when the January 13 clash turns against the indigenes, they “having seen by this that they were able to achieve little .