"Uno dos tres catorce" (Junk Spanish?)

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Tue Dec 14 05:03:04 UTC 2004

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> Subject: "Uno dos tres catorce" (Junk Spanish?)
> >wonderful.  i reported on larry's "mano a mano" reanalyses in  a
> >Language Log posting a while back ("Still on the Eggcorn  Beet":
> >_http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001390.html_
> (http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001390.html) ),  but
> t>his takes things one step further.  junk spanish, anyone?
> >arnold
> UNO DOS TRES CATORCE--3,860 Google hits, 23 Google Groups hits
> Bono's U2 counts "uno dos tres catorce" ("one two three fourteen") on
> "Vertigo." I don't know if this qualifies as "junk Spanish."
> There are some genuine "junk Spanish" items that I expect to see in the
> digitized Los Angeles Times if that gets to about 1970 by the end
> of the year.

This was explained on the radio as being an inside joke/nod to fans. The
album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" which contains the song "Vertigo" is
U2's 14th album.

--Dave Wilton
  dave at wilton.net

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