One of the theories behind the word “barbarian” is that it’s an onomatopoeic word that describes people who don’t speak Greek. “It sounds like they’re just saying ‘bar’ over and over again! Barbarbar Barbar! Barbarbarbar!” This is pretty uncharitable on their part… but what can you do?
I bring that up because I recently stumbled across (and I can’t remember where!!!) a video of a comedy show from Italy where the joke is that the professor is singing in English… when, really, he’s just singing gibberish that sounds like English.
Hey, he put a lot more effort into it than just saying that we sound like we’re saying “bar” over and over again. (The fact that it’s a pretty good song helps, of course.)
Check it out: