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August 29, 2005

Put down that sign and no one will get hurt

Lots of folks are getting a bunch of yuks out of the story that British tourists are stealing the town signs in a small Austrian enclave known by the gerund form of the F-verb. The villagers are getting f-ing angry about it, too. Best line is from the local police chief, who allegedly said this:

"Let's just say there are plans in place to deal with this," the Kommandant warned darkly. "What they are, I am not at liberty to disclose, but we will not stand for the F***ing signs being removed. It may be very amusing for you British, but F***ing is simply F***ing to us. What is this big F***ing joke? It is puerile."
Well, I'm glad to see that it's Code Orange there (see Pillage Idiot Advisory System at top of sidebar).

But it turns out the British themselves have a whole bunch of "rude" place names. Trouble is, they don't translate well into German. Which is a -- I won't say it -- shame.