A Bit Of An Explanation

I am not a professional. Not anywhere near it. But I like to think that some little observations I have about language and the social construction of it are worthwhile.

Some of these notes were originally written for acquaintances with no linguistic experience whatsoever, so please be patient through the explanations of basic concepts, and the simplistic tone.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Scandinavian Language Humor

...Gotta love it. Scandinavia And The World is a great comic, even if you couldn't care less about history. This is a personal favorite of mine, joking on the stereotypes that Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes have about each other's languages. (It's fun to see things written from a Danish perspective for me, too - here you're lucky to find someone who realizes that "Danish" isn't just the name of a pastry.)


Denmark(To America): Try saying "Rødgrød med fløde!"

America: Roedgroed meed floode.

Denmark: Heh, that sounds funny.

America: It's hard to say.

Sweden(Holding a potato): Here America, try saying it with a potato in your mouth.

America(With the potato in his mouth): Rog grog meg flaog.

Sweden & Norway: HAHAHA!!! Perfect Danish!

Denmark(Holding a beer out to America): Hmpf. Drink eight of these and say it with the potato in your mouth.

America(Drunkenly): Roga grouiga me flouiga...

Denmark(Glaring and Norway & Sweden): Perfect Swedish! Now try singing it.

America(With music notes around the words): Roga grouiga me flouiga!

Denmark(Still glaring, now Norway and Sweden are glaring at him too): Perfect Norwegian!

(Switch to a breakfast table. America is eating pancakes with a visible hangover, Canada is eating cereal.)

America: I swear Canada, I didn't visit any bars last night! I was getting language lessons!

Canada(Unbelieving): Sure, whatever.


  1. Gotta love Scandinavia and the World :) I like the one with the different phrases for I love you, where Finnish is so different!

    (ChemicalYoot btw)

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