Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Do You Speak Jive?

Perhaps the funniest comedy ever written, Airplane, celebrated its 30th birthday a few days ago. It was one of the few movies I paid to see twice in the theatres growing up. I laughed so hard the first time I missed half the jokes.

And on an unrelated note, we learn today from Ironic Surrealism that the DOJ is seeking to hire wire tap translators who speak "ebonics" - i.e., pigeon english spoken by a sub culture of blacks.

Well, then again, perhaps Airplane isn't quite so unrelated after all.


Anonymous said...

Ebonics is not only spoken by a "sub" culture of blacks. It has moved into mainstream with adjectives, nouns and even grammar.

OBloodyHell said...

Yeah, they've even got their own math, now, "Algebro".


OBloodyHell said...

Unfortunately for many, who are too young to Get It, the REAL joke there is that the old woman is Harriet Nelson, as in "Ozzie and Harriet", who in reality were THE quinessential goody-two-shoe white-boy-parents. If one set out to pick ONE single icon of 50s white suburban culture, Ozzie and Harriet were certainly front runners for the role.

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