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17th Apr '16 10:29:02 AM 10-13-2
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* In the 1983 ''Series/SesameStreet'' special "Big Bird In China", Big Bird and Barkley encounter [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest the Monkey King]] during their trip. While Chinese viewers obviously recognized the character, there was a backlash from Western parents. They were complaining that their children [[NightmareFuel were terrified by the character]].

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* In the 1983 ''Series/SesameStreet'' special "Big Bird In China", Big Bird and Barkley encounter [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest the Monkey King]] during their trip. While Chinese viewers obviously recognized the character, there was a backlash from Western parents. They were complaining that their children [[NightmareFuel were terrified by the character]]. In-universe, Big Bird himself nearly had a heart attack the first few times the Monkey King appeared out of thin air.


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* Similarly, Wrestling/ChrisJericho went too far in riling up a crowd in Brazil by tearing up a Brazilian flag - which is ''illegal'' in that country.
17th Apr '16 10:23:38 AM 10-13-2
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* If you're a student of the German language, the name "Immanuel Kant" is unintentionally funny/vulgar. Most English speakers would assume that the pronunciation of the 18th-century philosopher's surname is the same as the British or [[AmericanAccents Northeastern American]] pronunciation of "can't." But because in German vowels are pronounced very short when they occur in the middle of a syllable between two consonants, the correct pronunciation of "Kant" actually [[ScunthorpeProblem sounds more like the English vulgar slang term for a woman's private parts]]. (Of course, English itself has words that might cause this problem, such as "continue", but in that particular case the first four letters don't stand alone - and the syllable break is after the "n" anyway.)
14th Apr '16 8:49:59 AM Morgenthaler
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** Swift used the name as a ShoutOut to a comment from Martin Luther referring to Reason as a "whore" (in the sense that one can manipulate logic to reach a desired conclusion).
** For the same reason, this is why "Laputa" is the [[FreudWasRight target to be bombed]] in ''DoctorStrangelove''.
8th Apr '16 11:29:54 AM Theatre_Maven_3695
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** It happens the other way round too: the word ''coger'', which is a really common word in European Spanish, and means "to hold", "to take" or "to pick up", depending on the context, means "to f*ck" in Latin America. As yet another example, ''concha'' is slang for a vagina in some dialects, while in Spain, it means "shell"... and it's also a female name.

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** It happens the other way round too: the word ''coger'', which is a really common word in European Spanish, and means "to hold", "to take" or "to pick up", depending on the context, means "to f*ck" fuck" in Latin America. As yet another example, ''concha'' is slang for a vagina in some dialects, while in Spain, it means "shell"... and it's also a female name.
8th Apr '16 11:21:00 AM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' the main character sings a song to herself that goes like: 'Shake your whammy fanny, funky song'. That is fine in the US where fanny is another word for bottom. In the UK, not so much.

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* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' the main character sings a song to herself that goes like: 'Shake your whammy fanny, funky song'. That is fine in the US where fanny is another word for bottom. In the UK, [[CountryMatters not so much.]]
3rd Apr '16 4:10:06 PM Yalsaris63
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* People in Greece will start snickering at any foreign woman visiting their country who's named Andrea. Why? Because the original meaning of that name comes from the Greek root of "''man''". [[IronicName Ironic, isn't it?]] For that matter, it is also a name for males in Italy, and a foreign woman with that name visiting their country will get the same sniggering response.

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* People in Greece will start snickering at any foreign woman visiting their country who's named Andrea. Why? Because the original meaning of that name comes from the Greek root of "''man''". [[IronicName Ironic, isn't it?]] For that matter, it is also a name for males in Italy, Italy and Albania, and a foreign woman with that name visiting their either country will get the same sniggering response.
3rd Apr '16 4:00:37 PM Yalsaris63
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* People in Greece will start snickering at any foreign woman visiting their country who's named Andrea. Why? Because the original meaning of that name comes from the Greek root of "''man''". [[IronicName Ironic, isn't it?]]

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* People in Greece will start snickering at any foreign woman visiting their country who's named Andrea. Why? Because the original meaning of that name comes from the Greek root of "''man''". [[IronicName Ironic, isn't it?]]it?]] For that matter, it is also a name for males in Italy, and a foreign woman with that name visiting their country will get the same sniggering response.
3rd Apr '16 3:49:29 PM Yalsaris63
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** "Sukang" is used commonly by Filipino speakers in their native language to mean two things: 1) vinegar (by putting stress on the first syllable) and 2) vomit (by putting stress on the second syllable). Woe betide to any Filipino who travels to Slavic-speaking countries like Russia and Ukraine and use the same word there since in Slavic "Suka" literally means "bitch". [[TheMafiya Regarding the origins of that word]], they're more than likely to get shot if they're around those kind of people.

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** "Sukang" "Suka" is used commonly by Filipino speakers in their native language to mean two things: 1) vinegar (by putting stress on the first syllable) and 2) vomit (by putting stress on the second syllable). Woe betide to any Filipino who travels to Slavic-speaking countries like Russia and Ukraine and use the same word there since in Slavic "Suka" as it literally means "bitch"."bitch" in their tongue. [[TheMafiya Regarding the origins of that word]], they're more than likely to get shot if they're around those kind of people.
3rd Apr '16 3:48:17 PM Yalsaris63
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** "Suka" is used commonly by Filipino speakers in their native language to mean two things: 1) vinegar (by putting stress on the first syllable) and 2) vomit (by putting stress on the second syllable). Woe betide to any Filipino who travels to Slavic-speaking countries like Russia and Ukraine and use the same word there as it literally means "bitch". [[TheMafiya Regarding the origins of that word]], they're more than likely to get shot if they're around those kind of people.

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** "Suka" "Sukang" is used commonly by Filipino speakers in their native language to mean two things: 1) vinegar (by putting stress on the first syllable) and 2) vomit (by putting stress on the second syllable). Woe betide to any Filipino who travels to Slavic-speaking countries like Russia and Ukraine and use the same word there as it since in Slavic "Suka" literally means "bitch". [[TheMafiya Regarding the origins of that word]], they're more than likely to get shot if they're around those kind of people.
2nd Apr '16 10:40:11 AM SteveMB
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* The Hyuga branch line curse mark in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was changed from a ''manji'' (or swastika in Sanskrit, and consequently in Buddhist scriptures) to an "x" because the former [[NoSwastikas Nazi connection]]; it stayed in the English manga, however.

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* The Hyuga branch line curse mark in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was changed from a ''manji'' (or swastika [[NonNaziSwastika swastika]] in Sanskrit, and consequently in Buddhist scriptures) to an "x" because the former [[NoSwastikas Nazi connection]]; it stayed in the English manga, however.
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