A popular hotel in Rome has a sign in the elevator reading: "Please do not touch the Lift at your own risk."
The class at Heidelberg was studying English conjugations, and each verb considered was used in a model sentence, so that the students would gain the benefit of pronouncing the connected series of words, as well as learning the varying forms of the verb. This morning it was the verb "to have" in the sentence, "I have a gold mine."
Herr Schmitz was called to his feet by Professor Wulff.
"Conjugate 'do haff' in der sentence, 'I haff a golt mine," the professor ordered.
"I haff a golt mine, du hast a golt dein, he hass a golt hiss. Ve, you or dey haff a golt ours, yours or deirs, as de case may be."
Language is the expression of ideas, and if the people of one country cannot preserve an identity of ideas, they cannot retain an identity of language.—Noah Webster.