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I commented out a few examples for being Zero Context Example.
If anyone want to fix them:
Didn't the Monty Python sketch also subvert it by having someone respond with the directions that the person using the phrasebook meant to ask for?
That's Not A Subversion, but it's Invoked Trope I'd say. It's mentioned in the description that this is actually a common explanation.
If you refer to another part of the sketch, then I don't know. I'd have to watch it again and see.
I've trimmed the Real Life section down pretty drastically, to remove anything that's just pointing out a linguistic fact that might lead to this. Those aren't examples, they're just examples in potentia, and they were taking over the page.
Removed examples follow:
The Dunglish examples are real, not conjecture, and were actually made by companies and famous people. Anyone mind if I restore them?
You should probably rewrite them to make that clear...
don't know if this belogs here, but there existes kind of a running gag for germans beginning to learn english based on the fact that the german word "bekommen" means "to get". Thus you have a german costumer in an english resturant saying "I want to become a beefsteak"
'Ringo (a.k.a. Pumpkin) in Pulp Fiction notably calls for the "garçon" to bring him more coffee, believing that it's the French word for waiter or server, and his waitress immediately explains that "garçon" is French for "boy."'
It should be noted that the old way to call for a waiter is to call, "garçon," although now it is considered rather rude.
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