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Swedish cops on Brooklyn Nine Nine

Postby Erik » Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:12 am

I found this on reddit, seems to be from the latest episode.
I suspect that whoever wrote that joke has to be Scandinavian! :mrgreen:
I have no idea if it's as funny to an american as it is in Scandinavia. (I know it's not just me from the comments in Reddit.)

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Re: Swedish cops on Brooklyn Nine Nine

Postby toad » Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:28 pm

It was probably written by someone with a knowledge of Scandinavia, but it will appeal to almost everybody. Canadians vs. the US and they supposedly speak the same language.....sorta. Spanish Speakers vs. English. New England vs. Everybody. New York City vs. the World.
For real fun take a Norwegian to a Thai Restaurant that has Mexican wait staff. "Si, this particular dish es very mild, (If you eat Jalapeño's for breakfast everyday).

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Postby Erik » Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:33 pm

There's actually several jokes in there from a Scandinavian point of view, not just the last line.

First it's the stiff and slightly condescending appearance of the cops, and the casual bragging about their language skills. That's a pretty close portrayal of how Swedes are described by Danes and Norwegians when they want to be insulting.
Then it's the list of languages that starts out plausible before including Russian and Finnish, which is mentioned as if it's no different from the others.
And while Danish is probably the hardest of the Scandinavian languages to understand (Finnish excluded) it's still close enough to be able to communicate without any special language skills. Specifically excluding it is something Swedes would do just to yank the chain of Danes. And while I havent heard the "garbage" insult, it is pretty close to other similar putdowns used on both sides of the Straits.

Scandinavians are "brother folks", happy to put the other two countries down at every chance, but they're still family. It's sort of an inside joke to insult the other countries when opportunity presents itself.

For real fun take a Norwegian to a Thai Restaurant that has Mexican wait staff. "Si, this particular dish es very mild, (If you eat Jalapeño's for breakfast everyday).
There's a thai place like that in a town not far from me, they dont make it milder just to suit the locals. So you need to like spicy or at least be prepared. Whenever I go there with someone from out of town I always tell them that "if they say it's strong, they mean it!"
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Postby HTRN » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:40 pm

Erik, in case you don't read it, check out Scandinavia and the world..
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Postby First Shirt » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:49 pm

In Hong Kong, on R&R, and got into a sorta conversation with an elderly gentleman, who didn't speak much English, and I didn't speak any Cantonese, but it turns out that Vietnamese is very close (both are derived from the same southern Chinese dialect) if you allow for a few quirks (Vietnamese is 6-toned, and Cantonese is 7-toned, so keep it really simple).

At some point, he allowed as how I spoke the language well, but had a strange accent. So I explained that I hadn't studied Cantonese, but had learned Vietnamese.

He frowned, and said "No, a nice young man like yourself wouldn't learn Vietnamese. The Vietnamese are, after all, simply duck droppings."

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Postby blackeagle603 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:52 pm

That right there, that's funny. I don't care who you are, but especially if you've done much business in Asia.
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Postby SoupOrMan » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:41 pm

Don't Swedes always say that Danes speak like they have potatoes in their mouths?
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Postby SoupOrMan » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:43 pm

First Shirt wrote:In Hong Kong, on R&R, and got into a sorta conversation with an elderly gentleman, who didn't speak much English, and I didn't speak any Cantonese, but it turns out that Vietnamese is very close (both are derived from the same southern Chinese dialect) if you allow for a few quirks (Vietnamese is 6-toned, and Cantonese is 7-toned, so keep it really simple).

At some point, he allowed as how I spoke the language well, but had a strange accent. So I explained that I hadn't studied Cantonese, but had learned Vietnamese.

He frowned, and said "No, a nice young man like yourself wouldn't learn Vietnamese. The Vietnamese are, after all, simply duck droppings."

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When did you learn Vietnamese? My dad was a Non-Morse Signal Interceptor & Vietnamese linguist when he was in the Air Force.
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Postby George guy » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:36 pm

The problem with Vietnamese is that they learned how to use the Latin alphabet from the French.
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Re: Swedish cops on Brooklyn Nine Nine

Postby First Shirt » Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:31 am

SoupOrMan wrote:When did you learn Vietnamese? My dad was a Non-Morse Signal Interceptor & Vietnamese linguist when he was in the Air Force.


Got to Okinawa in 1973, my class at Ft. Bliss was one of the last ones before they moved the Vietnamese language course back to Monterey. IIRC, your dad was about 6-8 years ahead of me at Offutt, and I was about 8 years ahead of Randy.
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Postby Erik » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:19 am

SoupOrMan wrote:Don't Swedes always say that Danes speak like they have potatoes in their mouths?

Yes, that's a common saying, that's pretty much how Danish sounds to Swedes. There's some differences in words and grammar, but the big thing is pronounciation.
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Postby Erik » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:45 am

HTRN wrote:Erik, in case you don't read it, check out Scandinavia and the world..

Thanks for the reminder, I used to read it but havent for a while now. I'll put it on my list again.

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Years ago the Euro soccer Championship were held in Sweden. Sweden and Denmark was in the same group, and the match between them became the usual grudge fight with Sweden winning, both that match and the group. The Swedish fans were overjoyed that they beat Denmark. Both teams made it to the semifinals, where Sweden was beaten by Germany. Denmark faced the Netherlands and had a tough match that went to overtime and penalty kicks, but Denmark just barely managed to win.

So now a very tired Denmark face a fresh and clear favorite Germany in the final, in a Swedish town. This is where all Swedes decides that they are now Danish, dress up in red and white and become Danish fans. The whole city looked like Copenhagen, and except for the German fans the whole stadium was red and white Danish, loudly cheering the Danes and booing the Germans.
In a true underdog game the Danish team managed to fight their way to a victory to the ever louder cheers of the whole stadium. And afterwards all of Sweden and Denmark celebrated the victory together. :)
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Postby HTRN » Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:01 am

That sounds like a variation on the old joke: " I'm a fan of the Yankees and anybody playing the redsox". :lol:
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Re: Swedish cops on Brooklyn Nine Nine

Postby SoupOrMan » Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:03 pm

First Shirt wrote:
SoupOrMan wrote:When did you learn Vietnamese? My dad was a Non-Morse Signal Interceptor & Vietnamese linguist when he was in the Air Force.


Got to Okinawa in 1973, my class at Ft. Bliss was one of the last ones before they moved the Vietnamese language course back to Monterey. IIRC, your dad was about 8-10 years ahead of me at Offutt, and I was about 8 years ahead of Randy.


Wow. Dad's Vietnamese course in 1968 was at Indiana University. DLI must have had a lot of growing pains with all the moving around.
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Re: Swedish cops on Brooklyn Nine Nine

Postby Catbird » Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:23 pm

I'm not sure I get the eight hour flight joke, unless it's that anyone flying a long distance is asked "how long was your flight"?

I spent a little time in Sweden. Most every Swede I met was very warm and friendly. I only met one or two who couldn't speak english very well. Most spoke english when we Americans were around out of courtesy, even if they weren't speaking to us. One person told me that they learned english from a young age because they got most of their TV and movies from the UK and America.
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Postby Erik » Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:36 pm

Catbird wrote:I'm not sure I get the eight hour flight joke, unless it's that anyone flying a long distance is asked "how long was your flight"?

That is why I think the writer is Scandinavian. :D
Danes believe Swedes are boring and stiff, and think they know more than others. So Swedes telling others useless and boring facts to "educate the brutes" would be a Danish slam on Swedes.
One person told me that they learned english from a young age because they got most of their TV and movies from the UK and America.

Swedes start learning English in school in third grade. German and usually French in 7th grade. But since Swedes also get a lot of American TV and music, and everyone has internet as well as a lot of Swedes travel abroad every year, there is lots of practice outside school as well.
Hence the language joke, most Swedes know several languages, at least on a basic level. A fact Swedes are pretty proud of.
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Postby First Shirt » Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:44 am

SoupOrMan wrote:Wow. Dad's Vietnamese course in 1968 was at Indiana University. DLI must have had a lot of growing pains with all the moving around.


I think Vietnamese was at DLI/WC (Monterey) until about 1966, and at DLI/SW (Ft. Bliss) until about 1973, because it was back in Monterey when I was there in 1975 for Korean.
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