Farty's Fortunes

Friday, 23 January 2009

Merkan-English Dictionary - Inauguration Special

Youse Merkans never cease to amaze me with your funny words. And the way you fit them to our frikkin' tunes.

For e.g, we have the British National Anthem, God Save the Queen:

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

There's a verse in there about crushing the Scots, but I'll let that one pass for now.

Oh, but what have we here?

My Country, 'Tis of Thee

'Tis isn't even a proper word and in any case nobody uses it anymore. I call shenanigans.

Then there's the matter of getting the words mixed up. Vide the Wedding of Chuck and Di (skip to 6mins18):

So technically Diana married Prince Philip, the Duke of Embra. Conspiracy theory, anyone?

Here we have the copycat attempt to muck up an oath by that Hawiian bloke:

At least they made him do it over. Most Presidents have to wait four years to say the oath a second time, but Barack had two shots in the same week.

As for that catch-phrase, Can We Fix It? Stolen from Bob The Builder:

And now we're being followed, sixteen years late, by a reference on live TV to unsavoury practices involving a senior member of the government.

Dammit, I wish they hadn't pulled that YouTube clip, but the essence of it, as I recall, was that at the British Comedy Awards in 1993, camp comic Julian Clary minced onstage and declared that he'd just been fisting Norman Lamont, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. As you do. Luckily, only a few million people were watching at the time and it slipped by almost unnoticed. *cough*

Updated: Guess what I just found?

Anyway, the good bit in the Merkan copycat clip is at 1m58:

(Thanks to Jenny the Blogress for bringing this to my attention.)

You'd really think Barack and Michelle could come up with something original instead of pinching it off the British, sigh.


Middle Aged Woman said...

Please God attack the Queen
Send big dogs after her
That bite her bum
And pull her knickers down....

That's one saved fookin' Queen.

Mr Farty said...

MAW - You're just jealous b/c you haven't got one of your own! :P

Laurie said...

I was sitting in a car listening to Obama's inauguration, and when his oath was flubbed, the first thing I said was, "That's what happened to Princess Diana!" which confused the heck out of the friend who was listening with me.

#Debi said...

I was listening to radio yesterday, and two talk hosts were talking about the Aretha Franklin song. They pointed out that it is an unfortunate thing when one stops for breath between the syllables of the word "country". I watched the clip above, and sure enough, that's what she did...

Mr Farty said...

Laurie - Then there was the time Reagan called her Princess David. Good times.

#Debi - No way! Really? Oh. Really. Cool.

Mr Farty said...

After another quick search, I found the Julian Clary clip. Also featuring some bloke called Jonathon Ross, another one who got banned from TV for using naughty words.