I’ve previously posted about the song Prisencolinensinainciusol composed and sung by Italian actor/singer Adriano Celetano. It’s designed to illustrate what English sounds like to Italians who don’t know the language (you can learn more about it, along with similar songs and other resources at The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes).
Atlas Obscura published a fascinating article about it today headlined The Deep Roots of an Italian Song That Sounds Like English—But Is Just Nonsense.
It’s really worth a read. In addition, it led me to an interview NPR did with Celetano about the song several years ago.
And, in case you’ve never seen the version where he sings it as part of supposedly teaching an ESL class, here it is: