Yesterday someone left a comment on my review of the second episode of "The Tudors," which was -- if you go look at it-- about certain sex acts supposedly characteristic of the French, and the consequences of said acts on European political history. Except, of course, the comment is in German, and I can't read it. My first response was (naturally) how ill-educated I feel when confronted with German, since like many people I tried to learn it in graduate school and then switched to Spanish, a language I was more likely to use as an Americanist anyway. No matter, I thought; I'll print it out and take it to today's history department meeting, where I am sure my newly-tenured colleague in German history will do a rough sight translation for me.
Fortunately, however, embedded in the comment was a hyper-link to a website. I clicked on the link, and although I still can't read German, the pictures and the few words I do understand lead me to believe it is a site for sexual aids. Which gives me some idea of what is in the message after all. Any reader of this blog who can correct this impression is welcome to do so, of course.
And I think I will restrain myself from asking said colleague to translate the comment in a public place, although I am sure it would get the meeting started on a peppy note.
If it is what I think it is, dear reader, I wouldn't order any of that stuff if I were you, even if you do understand German. You could, however, try watching an episode of "The Tudors" and see if that does the trick.
Update: As I understand from the more linguistically adept who took up my invitation to coment, the Germans are trying to sell some kind of oil. But why on this blog? Another blogging mystery......
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