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#1 2011-07-25 01:25:59

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

"sweetish fish" for "Swedish Fish"

I’ve been longing for Swedish Fish recently. The local drugstores carry knock-offs, but they’re pretty vile; either they’re too sweet, or they’re kind of bland and flavorless – truly “sweetish” fish. Ah, for the soft, fresh, lingonberry-flavored “pure drop.”

This is a really common reshaping, and though it’s a homophone I’m pretty durn confident some of these people really mean what they’ve written. Examples:

Mr. Listwan has a sweet tooth for Sweetish Fish and his favorite horror film is Scary Movie 2. … &Itemid=17

what kind of candy should i have to give out? i was thinking… air heads, gum, jolly ranchers, skittles, sour patch, sweet tarts, nerds, sweetish fish…. … oney-leis/

So I will be spending the night in the darkness of my room smoking and watching The Holy Mountain and eating sweetish fish!

guy eating sweetish fish and recording without noticing
[The kid – who’s eating a LOT of Swedish Fish – holds up the package at one point in order to dispel ambiguities for all you eggcornistas out there]

The obligatory cute thing said by a kid:

We let my 6 year old choose candy from the Dollar Tree. Once we were in the car and he’d opened the package he announced, ” I’m about to eat the Swedish Fish in the world. “

“Sweetest fish” usually seems to be wordplay, but there may be a few authentic instances out there:

Candy:: Sweetest Fish

dose gum balls need to get to sweetest fish? … -of-candy/
[teaching arithmetic and tooth decay through candy]

Last edited by patschwieterman (2011-07-25 01:30:16)



#2 2011-07-25 08:18:14

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 1865

Re: "sweetish fish" for "Swedish Fish"

Sweetish pancakes were what I had encountered before: I’m sure there are other Swetes out there for the finding.

Brings to mind an old European joke: “I’m Hungary. Greece me a Turkey, Sweden my coffee, Denmark my bill and give to me.”

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#3 2011-07-25 16:59:03

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

Re: "sweetish fish" for "Swedish Fish"

David Tuggy wrote

“I’m Hungary. Greece me a Turkey, Sweden my coffee, Denmark my bill and give to me.”

I remember a similar joke I heard a number of times as a kid. It went something like: Q: “What international incident happened on Thanksgiving Day when a waiter dropped a plate?” A: “Greece was spilled, Turkey fell, and China was broken.” I always found it unsatisfying—countries “fall,” but “broken” is less appropriate, and “spilled” just doesn’t work. But since it’s stayed in my memory for decades, I figured maybe I could exorcize it by recording it.

Sweden my coffee,

That part made me realize that while I say “sweeder” for “sweeter,” I would never say “sweeden” for “sweeten”—for me, a suffix with an n turns the t into a glottal stop and makes the suffix a syllabic n.

Last edited by patschwieterman (2011-07-25 17:00:05)



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