Friday, July 15, 2005

Sometimes the Jokes Write Themselves (Extended Schoolyard Sissyfight Mix)

Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara is being sued for "insulting the French language." Apparently Mr. Ishihara, on Oct. 19, said "I have to say that it should be no surprise that French is disqualified as an international language because French is a language which cannot count numbers." Quite predictably this upset the 2 or 3 people who actually (claim to) make a living teaching French in Japan. In their lawsuit they claim that the governor's remarks "give a false impression that French is a poor language, which is not acceptable by international standards [...]"


  1. So, can we have a French insult update, please?

    Was the minister kicked by a guy in a beret? Forced to eat snails? Hit upside the head with a baguette? Inquiring minds want to know.

  2. That's just about the oddest remark I've heard, but I'm expecting more. Odd remarks seem to be on the upswing and soon you won't have to comb the papers for bizarre stuff.
    Or maybe, as above, some shameful memory isthe culprit,