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17th May '17 8:49:02 PM PaulA
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* ''[[Creator/JulesVerne Journey to the Center of the Earth]]'' features an Icelandic alchemist named Arne Saknussemm. Evidently, Verne had ''heard'' of Nordic -sson names...

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* ''[[Creator/JulesVerne Journey to the Center of the Earth]]'' Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' features an Icelandic alchemist named Arne Saknussemm. Evidently, Verne had ''heard'' of Nordic -sson names...
17th May '17 8:47:38 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/SpikeMilligan's first novel, ''Puckoon'', the Irish parish priest muses that his parishioners are all ignorant bumpkins. He recalls once giving a sermon in Latin, at the end of which everyone said "Amen". He'd actually just told a dirty story.

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* In Creator/SpikeMilligan's first novel, ''Puckoon'', ''Literature/{{Puckoon}}'', the Irish parish priest muses that his parishioners are all ignorant bumpkins. He recalls once giving a sermon in Latin, at the end of which everyone said "Amen". He'd actually just told a dirty story.
3rd May '17 12:12:18 PM ZombieAladdin
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** It happened again in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'': The Thailand stage, set by a Buddhist temple, contains chanting in Islamic.[[note]]While Thailand has a sizable Islamic population due to geographical proximity to Myanmar and Indonesia, the country is overwhelmingly Buddhist.[[/note]] [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-05-02/street-fighter-v-dlc-stage-temporarily-pulled-to-remove-islamic-chant-in-bgm/.115546 The people at Capcom quickly removed the music when they found out.]]

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** It happened again in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'': The Thailand stage, set by at a Buddhist temple, contains Islamic chanting in Islamic.Arabic.[[note]]While Thailand has a sizable Islamic population due to geographical proximity to Myanmar and Indonesia, the country is overwhelmingly Buddhist.[[/note]] [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-05-02/street-fighter-v-dlc-stage-temporarily-pulled-to-remove-islamic-chant-in-bgm/.115546 The people at Capcom quickly removed the music when they found out.]]
3rd May '17 12:02:54 PM ZombieAladdin
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** It happened again in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'': The Thailand stage, set by a Buddhist temple, contains chanting in Islamic.[[note]]While Thailand has a sizable Islamic population due to geographical proximity to Myanmar and Indonesia, the country is overwhelmingly Buddhist.[[/note]] [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-05-02/street-fighter-v-dlc-stage-temporarily-pulled-to-remove-islamic-chant-in-bgm/.115546 The people at Capcom quickly removed the music when they found out.]]
1st May '17 4:11:47 AM icewater
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* Häagen-Dazs ice cream is famous for its completely made-up "Danish-sounding" name.[[labelnote:*]]Jewish creator Reuben Mattus sought to honor Denmark for its excellent treatment of its Jews during WWII, and thought Denmark to have a good reputation in the US (especially for dairy products; Denmark's reputation for dairy is strong, but it tends more towards butter and cheese than ice cream).[[/labelnote]] In a bizarre and funny legal case, in 1980, Häagen-Dazs tried to sue another American ice cream brand, Frusen Glädjé (which is--aside from the accent over the "e" meant to show Americans they were supposed to pronounce it--entirely correct Swedish for "frozen joy"), because the name was intended to fool consumers into thinking the ice cream was actually made in Sweden. Häagen-Dazs lost because of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unclean_hands "unclean hands" doctrine]] - i.e., they were themselves equally guilty of using fake Scandinavian to sound old-timey and exotic, so couldn't blame others for using the same trick. Häagen-Dazs got the last laugh, though: Frusen Glädjé went out of business in 1993.

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* Häagen-Dazs ice cream is famous for its completely made-up "Danish-sounding" name.[[labelnote:*]]Jewish creator Reuben Mattus sought to honor Denmark for its excellent treatment of its Jews during WWII, and thought Denmark to have a good reputation in the US (especially for dairy products; Denmark's reputation for dairy is strong, but it tends more towards butter and cheese than ice cream).[[/labelnote]] In a bizarre and funny legal case, in 1980, Häagen-Dazs tried to sue another American ice cream brand, Frusen Glädjé (which is--aside from the accent over the "e" meant to show Americans they were supposed to pronounce it--entirely correct Swedish for "frozen joy"), because the name was intended to fool consumers into thinking the ice cream was actually made in Sweden. Häagen-Dazs lost because of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unclean_hands "unclean hands" doctrine]] - i.e., to quote the judge:
--> Although defendants dispute the accuracy of these charges, even if true
they were themselves equally guilty simply do not advance plaintiff's case at all. On the contrary, since plaintiff itself has attempted to package its product in such a way as to give the impression that it is of using fake Scandinavian to sound old-timey and exotic, so couldn't blame others for using origin, although it too is, in fact, of domestic origin, it is guilty of the same trick. Häagen-Dazs deceptive trade practices of which it accuses defendants.
**Häagen-Dazs
got the last laugh, though: Frusen Glädjé went out of business in 1993.
26th Apr '17 4:38:44 AM fq
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** ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, who hails from [[{{Ruritania}} the fictional Eastern European country of Transia]], was born "Pietro Maximoff". While "Maximoff" is a real Eastern European surname (albeit a very rare one), the writers apparently missed the fact that "Pietro" is an ''Italian'' name, being the Italian variant of "Peter". "Piotr" might have been a bit more believable, but [[OneSteveLimit that name was already taken]] (see above).
*** Except Quicksilver debuted in the 60s. Colossus debuted in the 70s.

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** ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, who hails from [[{{Ruritania}} the fictional Eastern European country of Transia]], was born "Pietro Maximoff". While "Maximoff" is a real Eastern European surname (albeit a very rare one), the writers apparently missed the fact that "Pietro" is an ''Italian'' name, being the Italian variant of "Peter". "Piotr" might have been a bit more believable, but [[OneSteveLimit that name was already taken]] (see above).\n*** Except Quicksilver debuted in the 60s. Colossus debuted in the 70s.
13th Apr '17 1:17:53 PM hszmv1
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** Actually became a plot point in one episode where Mulder and Alex Krycek were captured while in Russia near Tunguska and put into a prison. Krycek, was a native born American to Russian immigrant parents and claimed to speak Russian. He proceeds to do so and the guards remove him from the cell momentarily and take him somewhere. The inmate in the cell next to them speaks English and thus heard everything everyone says and informs Mulder that he shouldn't trust Krycek. Turns out, while Krycek did say everything he told Mulder he was going to, he was not speaking Russian the correct way a prisoner would speak to his captor, but in very informal terms, as if he and the guards were friends or close colleagues. This actually makes this kind of unique as the person was getting it wrong was relying on everyone involved to not know one of the languages involved in the scene, which is this trope incarnate. Also, while it raises bells with the cellmate, he doesn't outright accuse Krycek of being associated with the men, just that it was not the right thing to say in his situation. Of course, the audience and Mulder are already well aware that Krycek might have an alterior motive (more because Krycek is serial JerkAss than anything he has said or done in this episode), and this serves to confirm i. Note that this is in universe only. Another troper who speaks better Russian would need to take a look at the scene to see if the actors got it right.
13th Apr '17 12:33:12 PM hszmv1
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*** Except Quicksilver debuted in the 60s. Colossus debuted in the 70s.
13th Apr '17 11:11:07 AM Saurubiker
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** It could be meant as "Yuuri" in Japanese (as well as "Yuri" in Russian)- which ''is'' a legitimate male name. English speakers don't necessarily pay attention to Japanese-style short versus long vowels.

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** It could be meant as "Yuuri" (or "Yūri") in Japanese (as well as "Yuri" in Russian)- which ''is'' a legitimate male name. English speakers don't necessarily pay attention Japanese names usually tend to Japanese-style short versus have their long vowels.vowels omitted when romanized.
9th Apr '17 4:07:55 PM GranChi
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*One of Panera Bread's menu items, the Frontega Chicken Panini, seems to be an example of this. "Frontega" sounds vaguely Spanish (which would make some sense, since the sandwich includes chipotle mayo) but isn't an actual Spanish word.
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