Humour & Satire
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A classic piece of parody from the great English satirist and author of Gulliver's Travels …Continued, Jonathan Swift. The particular butt of Swift's sharp pen in this instance was Robert Boyle and his Occasional Reflections upon Several Subjects, 1665
Intended as a Portuguese-English conversational guide or phrase book, but is regarded as a classic source of unintentional humour, as the given English translations are generally completely incoherent. …Continued