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Portuguese language curiosity
Posted November 13th, 2012 - 7:24 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Hi all,

It is posible in Portuguese to write a text, gramaticaly correct, that has all words beginning with the letter P. I wonder if in other languages represente in our group something similar is posible.

The text, if anyone wants to see is as follows:

Pedro Paulo Pereira Pinto, pequeno pintor português, pintava portas, paredes, portais. Porém, pediu para parar porque preferiu pintar panfletos. Partindo para Piracicaba, pintou prateleiras para poder progredir.
Posteriormente, partiu para Pirapora. Pernoitando, prosseguiu para Paranavaí, pois pretendia praticar pinturas para pessoas pobres. Porém, pouco praticou, porque Padre Paulo pediu para pintar panelas, porém posteriormente pintou pratos para poder pagar promessas.
Pálido, porém personalizado, preferiu partir para Portugal para pedir permissão para Papai para permanecer praticando pinturas, preferindo, portanto, Paris. Partindo para Paris, passou pelos Pirineus, pois pretendia pintá-los.
Pareciam plácidos, porém, pesaroso, percebeu penhascos pedregosos, preferindo pintá-los parcialmente, pois perigosas pedras pareciam precipitar-se principalmente pelo Pico, porque pastores passavam pelas picadas para pedirem pousada, provocando provavelmente pequenas perfurações, pois, pelo passo percorriam, permanentemente, possantes potrancas. Pisando Paris, permissão para pintar palácios pomposos, procurando pontos pitorescos, pois, para pintar pobreza, precisaria percorrer pontos perigosos, pestilentos, perniciosos, preferindo Pedro Paulo precaver-se.
Profundas privações passou Pedro Paulo. Pensava poder prosseguir pintando, porém, pretas previsões passavam pelo pensamento, provocando profundos pesares, principalmente por pretender partir prontamente para Portugal. Povo previdente! Pensava Pedro Paulo... Preciso partir para Portugal porque pedem para prestigiar patrícios, pintando principais portos portugueses. Paris! Paris! proferiu Pedro Paulo.
Parto, porém penso pintá-la permanentemente, pois pretendo progredir. Pisando Portugal, Pedro Paulo procurou pelos pais, porém, Papai Procópio partira para Província. Pedindo provisões, partiu prontamente, pois precisava pedir permissão para Papai Procópio para prosseguir praticando pinturas.
Profundamente pálido, perfez percurso percorrido pelo pai. Pedindo permissão, penetrou pelo portão principal. Porém, Papai Procópio puxando-o pelo pescoço proferiu: Pediste permissão para praticar pintura, porém, praticando, pintas pior. Primo Pinduca pintou perfeitamente prima Petúnia. Porque pintas porcarias? Papai proferiu Pedro Paulo, pinto porque permitiste, porém, preferindo, poderei procurar profissão própria para poder provar perseverança, pois pretendo permanecer por Portugal.
Pegando Pedro Paulo pelo pulso, penetrou pelo patamar, procurando pelos pertences, partiu prontamente, pois pretendia pôr Pedro Paulo para praticar profi ssão perfeita: pedreiro! Passando pela ponte precisaram pescar para poderem prosseguir peregrinando.
Primeiro, pegaram peixes pequenos, porém, passando pouco prazo, pegaram pacus, piaparas, pirarucus. Partindo pela picada próxima, pois pretendiam pernoitar pertinho, para procurar primo Péricles primeiro. Pisando por pedras pontudas, Papai Procópio procurou Péricles, primo próximo, pedreiro profissional perfeito.
Poucas palavras proferiram, porém prometeu pagar pequena parcela para Péricles profissionalizar Pedro Paulo. Primeiramente Pedro Paulo pegava pedras, porém, Péricles pediu-lhe para pintar prédios, pois precisava pagar pintores práticos. Particularmente Pedro Paulo preferia pintar prédios. Pereceu pintando prédios para Péricles, pois precipitou-se pelas paredes pintadas. Pobre Pedro Paulo Pereceu pintando... '
Permita-me, pois, pedir perdão pela paciência, pois pretendo parar para pensar... Para parar preciso pensar. Pensei. Portanto, pronto pararei.

Posted November 13th, 2012 - 8:30 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted November 15th, 2012 - 4:22 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Google's translation is fairly correct. Used to be much worse. I won't correct it for I think it is not worth the effort, the text is no masterpiece.

I gather that in English it would be impossible to make such a text for you are forced to use articles and pronouns, but in Portuguese they are sometimes optional. Perhaps Russian could have this ability also for, to my little knowledge, it also may suppress articles.

As for texts without a letter, we have also good texts without for instance the letter 'a'.

Cheers from Rio,
Roger

Posted November 15th, 2012 - 7:07 pm by from Saint Petersburg, Russia (Permalink)
Rodger you are completeely right. We could make in Russian a lot of similar texts. I remember we tried it in my childhood who will invent longer one.....

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Posted November 15th, 2012 - 4:28 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Googling around I've found that:

"In Walter Abish's novel Alphabetical Africa (1974) the first chapter consists solely of words beginning with "A". Chapter two also permits words beginning with "B" and so on, until at chapter 26, Abish allows himself to use words beginning with any letter at all. For the next 25 chapters, he reverses the process."

But I didn't up to now see the text.

CfR,
R

Posted November 15th, 2012 - 4:29 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
BTW, according to Wikipedia this kind of text is called Lipogram.