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2nd Sep '16 1:54:32 PM Morgenthaler
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** On a similar note, the flag of UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} is black-red-''gold'' (''Schwarz-Rot-Gold'' in German), and not black-red-yellow (''Schwarz-Rot-Gelb''), despite the lower band being very clearly a dark shade of yellow. This is for political reasons; conservatives, monarchists, and far-right groups (including neo-Nazis) used ''Schwarz-Rot-Gelb'', as well as ''Schwarz-Rot-Senf'' (black-red-mustard) and ''Schwarz-Rot-Scheiße'' (black-red-shit) to insult it (the flag is associated with liberal/democratic visions of Germany, as opposed to the black-white-red of ImperialGermany and UsefulNotes/NaziGermany). It got to the point where calling the flag "black-red-yellow" became a ''federal offense'' in Germany on account of its associations with Nazis and their PropagandaMachine. As a result, to quote a prominent vexillologist, "The German colors are black-red-yellow, but they are called black-red-gold."

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** On a similar note, the flag of UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} is black-red-''gold'' (''Schwarz-Rot-Gold'' in German), and not black-red-yellow (''Schwarz-Rot-Gelb''), despite the lower band being very clearly a dark shade of yellow. This is for political reasons; conservatives, monarchists, and far-right groups (including neo-Nazis) used ''Schwarz-Rot-Gelb'', as well as ''Schwarz-Rot-Senf'' (black-red-mustard) and ''Schwarz-Rot-Scheiße'' (black-red-shit) to insult it (the flag is associated with liberal/democratic visions of Germany, as opposed to the black-white-red of ImperialGermany UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany and UsefulNotes/NaziGermany). It got to the point where calling the flag "black-red-yellow" became a ''federal offense'' in Germany on account of its associations with Nazis and their PropagandaMachine. As a result, to quote a prominent vexillologist, "The German colors are black-red-yellow, but they are called black-red-gold."
23rd Aug '16 3:56:04 PM Malady
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* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': The FlavorText for a Bandit's Coinpurse is "Shut up, it's a wallet!"
18th Aug '16 4:15:52 PM JMQwilleran
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* In 2016, the administration of UsefulNotes/BarackObama was chastised for paying a ransom of $400 million for the release of Iranian prisoners. At first they denied it ever happened, then they admitted it, but insisted that wasn't a ransom, it was [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/money-paid-to-iran-was-leverage-not-ransom-state-department-says/2016/08/18/4c1040b7-8ea0-40bd-b7cd-8629dc16c036_story.html "leverage" as part of a broader deal]].
15th Aug '16 11:24:56 AM TheCuza
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* Former trope namer: In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jerry buys a "European carry-all" from the J. Peterman catalogue -- but essentially, it's a purse.

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* Former trope namer: In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jerry buys a "European men's carry-all" from the J. Peterman catalogue -- but essentially, it's a purse.



** In another episode, Kramer tries to sell "bros" (bras) to men with man-boobs.
*** "It's a manssiere!"

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** In another episode, Kramer tries and Frank Costanza try to sell "bros" (bras) to bras for men with man-boobs.
*** "It's a manssiere!"
man-boobs. It falls through because they keep arguing over what less embarrassing name to call it: "Bro" or "Manssiere".
9th Aug '16 12:35:02 PM Morgenthaler
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** Former Minister of Defence of Germany Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg stated that there is no war in Afghanistan. It is "a situation similar to war".
*** Which in {{Germany}} actually was the inversion of the trope. Here German politics insist on politically correct vocabulary and calling it an 'armed conflict' and suchlike. The use of the [[{{UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht}} army]] in foreign conflicts is unpopular and a very sore theme, with people having been going 'Screw it, that's ''war'', and WTF are we doing there anyway?' for a long time. So Guttenberg actually was ''less'' euphemistic by daring to call the situation "war-like" and being "perceived as war" by those involved, resulting in one side rejoicing at his frankness and the other side ''still'' criticizing him for using the term 'war' even if only in a simile.

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** Former Minister of Defence of Germany Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg stated that there is no war in Afghanistan. It is "a situation similar to war".
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war". Which in {{Germany}} UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} actually was the inversion of the trope. Here German politics insist on politically correct vocabulary and calling it an 'armed conflict' and suchlike. The use of the [[{{UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht}} army]] in foreign conflicts is unpopular and a very sore theme, with people having been going 'Screw it, that's ''war'', and WTF are we doing there anyway?' for a long time. So Guttenberg actually was ''less'' euphemistic by daring to call the situation "war-like" and being "perceived as war" by those involved, resulting in one side rejoicing at his frankness and the other side ''still'' criticizing him for using the term 'war' even if only in a simile.
4th Aug '16 11:59:35 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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** The fake urine that people use for the extremely illegal practice of cheating on drug tests is always referred to on the packaging as aproduct for simulated "watersports," although people who actually ''have'' that fetish likely don't see much point in simulating it when bottled water and asparagus are fairly cheap. Some brands then proceed [[WhatAnIdiot to ruin their own deception]] by boasting in print ads about how their psuedo-piss is completely undetectable, which might be why several states have already banned the stuff.

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** The fake urine that people use for the extremely illegal practice of cheating on drug tests is always referred to on the packaging as aproduct a product for simulated "watersports," although people who actually ''have'' that fetish likely don't see much point in simulating it when bottled water and asparagus are fairly cheap. Some brands then proceed [[WhatAnIdiot to ruin their own deception]] by boasting in print ads about how their psuedo-piss is completely undetectable, which might be why several states have already banned the stuff.
4th Aug '16 11:53:47 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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** The fake urine that people use for the extremely illegal practice of cheating on drug tests is always referred to on the packaging as a fetish product for simulated "watersports." Some brands then proceed [[WhatAnIdiot to ruin their own deception]] by boasting in print ads about how their psuedo-piss is completely undetectable, which might be why several states have already banned the stuff.

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** The fake urine that people use for the extremely illegal practice of cheating on drug tests is always referred to on the packaging as a fetish product aproduct for simulated "watersports." "watersports," although people who actually ''have'' that fetish likely don't see much point in simulating it when bottled water and asparagus are fairly cheap. Some brands then proceed [[WhatAnIdiot to ruin their own deception]] by boasting in print ads about how their psuedo-piss is completely undetectable, which might be why several states have already banned the stuff.
4th Aug '16 11:46:53 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Inversion: You know those skull-crushing brass knuckles you sometimes find in American mail order catalogs? Well, stop calling them that, because they're actually ''paperweights''.

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* Inversion: An inversion of this trope is products that are commonly used for criminal purposes, but are presented as ideal for a purpose that practically nobody actually uses it for:
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You know those skull-crushing brass knuckles you sometimes find in American mail order catalogs? Well, stop calling them that, because they're actually ''paperweights''.


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** The fake urine that people use for the extremely illegal practice of cheating on drug tests is always referred to on the packaging as a fetish product for simulated "watersports." Some brands then proceed [[WhatAnIdiot to ruin their own deception]] by boasting in print ads about how their psuedo-piss is completely undetectable, which might be why several states have already banned the stuff.
2nd May '16 9:09:38 AM scartox111
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* In WWE, it's not ProfessionalWrestling either, it's Sports Entertainment. They're not fans, they're the WWE Universe. They're not wrestlers, they're Superstars and Divas.

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* In WWE, it's not ProfessionalWrestling either, it's Sports Entertainment. They're not fans, they're the WWE Universe. They're not wrestlers, they're Superstars and Divas.Superstars.
30th Apr '16 9:12:53 PM Kid
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* There are some anime fans who will get very annoyed if you refer to what they are watching as "cartoons"... then again, considering [[AnimationAgeGhetto the stigma of the word "cartoon"]]. "Anime" in this context is a shortening of ''animeeshon,'' the Japanese pronunciation of "animation." And the French ''animé'' more literally just means "animated."

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* There are some anime fans who will get very annoyed if you refer to what they are watching as "cartoons"... then again, considering consider [[AnimationAgeGhetto the stigma of the word "cartoon"]]. "Anime" in this context is a shortening of ''animeeshon,'' the Japanese pronunciation of "animation." And the French ''animé'' more literally just means "animated.""
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