Friday, January 26, 2007

Is Swedish the new Eskimo?

Via Language Log, there is this Tank McNamara strip.

WTF, "Reindeer are trying to break into my SAAB"? You call that a punch-line? What, no 'bikini team' reference? Couldn't figure out how to work a polar bear in there? Or a chef? I blame IKEA.

1 comment:

boredoom said...

"Outscoring' is a great example of language that means one thing to initiates of a subculture, but to outsiders just sounds incredibly stupid. In my job in financial journalism, every quarter I have to excise sentences like "Acme Corp. is expected to meet earnings expectations." Mind you, that sentence is of only marginal value even to initiates.

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