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Chris -- 2011-03-08
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.
http://www.countyenews.com/index.php?op … &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….
http://whois-steveduval.com/uncategoriz … 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?
http://kidblog.org/MrsStupkasClassBlog/ … -of-candy/
[teaching arithmetic and tooth decay through candy]
Last edited by patschwieterman (2011-07-25 05:30:16)
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.”
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
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 21:00:05)