Language notes from the slopes of E-15.

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Fri Jun 25 15:37:29 UTC 2010

From: "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>

> 6. English-language T-shirts warning "DON'T FUCK WITH ICELAND! We may not
> have cash, but we've got ash!"

That (and the reason why it's in English) probably goes back to the time
when the Icelandic banks went belly-up owing squintillions to Uz Britz, and
the then Brit PM as was, Gordon Brown, used anti-terrorist legislation to
have Iceland's funds blocked.

The explanation, that the legislation was a mere act of convenience,
understandably didn't impress the Icelanders much.

And they still remember, nah?


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