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Surely you jest: The Swedish lodger

Posted by John McIntyre at 10:25 AM | | Comments (11)


The farmer must have been a Dane.

I know you have recommended vests to the portly, but the angle of the camera makes you look as if you are among our number.

And the joke is pure nasty Sven-and-Ole propaganda. Well done; these jokes are a part, if a small, nasty part, of our nation's heritage.

I thought it was funny, thanks JM.

the joke is pure nasty Sven-and-Ole propaganda

I thought it was Ollie and Lena.

By the occurs to me that, so far, Prof. McIntyre has worn either purple or black in all his Surely You Jest videos. Hmmm...

That's right Bucky!
Even though Mr. McIntyre is quite urbane and erudite in his videos, my guess is that he, like most Baltimoreans, is cemented to his TV when the Ravens are on, beer (imported, most likely) in one hand and the other hand free to ingest crudite or some other tasty snack. I kinda doubt he goes the Tostitos route.

Rob - I'm guessing you are likely right.

Notice he started with the purple in case it was no longer relevant this late in the season.

I suspect that any video in which Mr. McIntyre is watching a football game would show him tied and chained to the chair, at gunpoint, with his eyes pried open as he thrashed to escape.
(No, I'm not wishing that upon him.)

I'd tend to agree with Wayne.

I'm with Abigail, the farmer must be a Dane. I've translated and told the joke around Denmark, and people love it. Way to fuel the inter-Scandinavian rivalry!

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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