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laughing at names in other languages
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daddycam
Posted - 20 April 2017 09:11
Thinking about the Botti thread and how it is a very English trait to find names in other languages funny as they have collections of syllables that sound rude in English
do other languages do this?

Do the French snigger over Mr Smith because it sounds like a slang term for a lady's front bottom or such like?

Saillaw
Posted - 20 April 2017 09:22
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The French used not to have a sense of humour about it and as a result my teacher Mr. Conn would call himself Mr. Smith when on holiday in France.
daddycam
Posted - 20 April 2017 09:29
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heheheh!

that's more like it,
Lib-Dem-Cyp-ree-en
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:10
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I know they do with cars. Mitsuibishi renamed the Pajero for latin countries and Pajero means something equivalent to a vvanker.

Bert Weedon
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:12
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what was the Triumph Acclaim called in Germany.....?
tr.aumatico
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:14
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johanna_Wanka
Daydort
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:15
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I had an import pajero once - we called it the Mitsubishi masterbator
tr.aumatico
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:15
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https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konz
tr.aumatico
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:17
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http://www.assmann.com/de/
Twinkle twinkle little wang
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:21
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And didn't Toyota have to change the MR2 in France?
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:23
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Peter Kunzlik

just leaving that there
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:24
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The Spanish changed the name of the GM / Vauxhall Nova as No Va means "doesn't go"
Daydort
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:25
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our german teacher was called Michael Hunt - hours of fun calling the school office from the payhone that was opposite so you could see the receptionist and asking to speak to Mike Hunt
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:26
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Our German teacher bore the surname Pfister.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:27
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my actual surname is awkward in France.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 April 2017 10:27
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But that's what you get if you're called Brian Knob-Fromage.