I’m Very Pregnant That I’m Late

Linguistic Mystic has a rather hilarious post on the joys of foreign language miscommunication. Just one of many quotes:

A co-worker of my dad’s name is Dick de Cock, which is a perfectly normal name in the Netherlands. However, when he got a promotion and suddenly had to travel all over the world, he got a lot of weird looks.

8 Responses to “I’m Very Pregnant That I’m Late”

  1. bernard says:

    One way of joking ( ie making them ridiculous) in Anglo Saxon culture is ( I have been told so by natives) to add the word balls to their name.
    For instance : (1) Linaresballs ( might be the name of an alcoholic drink) or (2) Balintballs ( my guess: colourful wallpaper).
    Image in this Dick de Cock case… Madness on top of weirdness.

  2. Clenn says:

    Haha x) It would even make a bad porn name.

  3. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    Just realized: a much better title for this entry would’ve been “Help, I’m A Cock!” :)

  4. urbangraffito says:

    Childish, childish. The “ck” in the name Cock is obviously silent (as in the name Cockburn) and the full name is pronounced Dick de Co. Shows how juvenile Anglo Saxon culture still seems to be. Reminds me of poor girls in middle school with names like Regina…

  5. Rob says:

    Who are the name police?

  6. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Barry’s Imaginary Publisher:

    the full name is pronounced Dick de Co

    Um, as a certified Dutch Speaking Person ™ I can tell you the “ck” is not silent — at least when pronounced in Dutch.

  7. urbangraffito says:

    I am corrected, Barry. But it still is childish how some people respond to those folk’s names that just happen to sound the same as the genitalia sobriquet…

  8. SOFA - Philostopher/Chef says:

    I have to agree with urbangraffito…
    It’s even worse when you’re famous; look at Urethra Franklin…