Spamglish

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Here’s a tip: If you’re going to spam someone in English, try to make it look vaguely like you use English as a first or even second language.

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It didn’t help that the URL was ‘Pornmix’. Before there was Spamglish – I’m assuming that’s the correct word as it’s too much to hope that I’m the only one who ever thought of it – there was Tony Hancock in ‘The Radio Ham’, talking to an operator in Tokyo.

HANCOCK: “How’s the weather there? ‘It – is – are – not – raining’. Oh yes, very good, it is are not raining here also.”

Meanwhile, I arrived at my hotel tonight in Barcelona filled with a horrible cold and feeling utterly exhausted, having had virtually no sleep in two days, only to be told by the concierge:

‘We hope you will be very happy here except tonight, when it will be very loud I think. It is the Fiesta of San Juan and there will be many bonfires outside your room, and also explosions. Then everyone throws themselves into the sea at midnight for luck. All people are doing this, even babies. No sleep for you tonight!’

She was right. They’re going mad outside tonight, hurling bombshell fireworks at each other and burning giant red devils. No wonder the economy’s in a mess – nobody gets enough sleep!

3 comments on “Spamglish”

  1. Mantichore says:

    Yeah. My last time in Barcelona, two years ago, I left two days before Sant Joan, and kids were already spending the day exploding firecrackers all over the place. I can only imagine what it’s like on the actual day/night!

  2. Lostintown says:

    I was reading somewhere that the poor English is deliberate.
    The reasoning is that if someone isn’t bright enough to realise that a Nigerian prince (or bank, building society etc.) should be able to spell, they are probably the perfect person to string along.

  3. Helen Martin says:

    Obviously the Spanish celebrate more wildly than the French (Canadian) for whom St. Jean Baptiste is the patron saint. They are trying to eliminate the religious connection and calling it their national festival (I think). We just got back from the States where they were wiring up for the Fourth. Every large parking lot had a white tent with FIREWORKS written all over it – except in Tacoma where the Dome had an electronic sign warning that “fireworks are illegal in Tacoma. Save yourself the fine and attend a public display.”

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