in/mt/mt-comments.cgi?__mode=red&id=6853">Doug Arellanes at November 8, 2003 12:46 AM

How's Belgrade, Dougie? Nothing like a little November Danube-wind, I bet....

Posted by: Matt Welch at November 8, 2003 01:27 AM

This little bit is similar to a friend of mine's experience. He had bought a used Jetta, and on the back of the Jetta was a red, white and green sticker with a big 'H' in the middle.

He complained to me that people would pull up next to him and speak in a strange language to him. He assumed that they were speaking Dutch, "cuz you know, 'H' probably represents Holland." (Never mind the fact that the official name is 'The Netherlands' i.e. NL)

One day he pulled up at my house and I finally got to see this sticker. I quickly pointed out to him that his car was probably at one time owned by one of my countrymen. That is, not a Dutchman, but rather a Hungarian...



Posted by: vlad at November 8, 2003 02:02 AM

More sophisticated entertainment:

I once referred to some argument as "a lot of hooey", which my Polish students thought was the funniest! thing! ever!

A Frenchwoman I know who lived in Hungary before coming to Poland would use that handy Hungarian swear word assuming no one in Poland would understand it not realizing it had been borrowed into Hungarian from Slavic.

Posted by: Michael Farris at November 8, 2003 09:03 AM

And, as I may have mentioned last night, it was a suitable license plate since the tacit motto of Buzz always was "fuck off" anyway.

Posted by: Cathy Seipp at November 8, 2003 01:42 PM

Hey Seipp -- Story assignment for you in the top post....

Posted by: Matt Welch at November 8, 2003 02:07 PM
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