'JFK' in other langs (was: 'JFK: Just For Kerry')

Damien Hall halldj at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Feb 10 15:32:15 UTC 2004

The one example of this kind of humorous reinterpretation that I know of from
another language, though it's not as good as some of the others we've had, is
of the 'A' sign to be found on the back of some French cars (a red capital 'A'
on a white circular sticker).  It actually stands for 'Apprenti', 'Learner
[Driver]', but it's often reinterpreted as 'Abruti' ('stupid') or 'Arriéré'
('[educationally] backward', with a play on the fact that 'marche arrière' =
'reverse gear' on a car).

Damien Hall
University of Pennsylvania

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