Aussie English

Language Down Under:

Several ways to take fucking English in this context: in particular, defiantly (not some other fucking language) or boastfully (really fucking great English) or descriptively (English full of fuck). Or all at once.

6 Responses to “Aussie English”

  1. Mark Allen Says:

    You assume an adjective. It could be that an optional comma is not included after “speak,” and that the versatile word in question is intended as a verb.

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      Well, anything is possible. But some things are much more plausible than others.

      • Jens Fiederer Says:

        Well, “we speak [only while] fucking English” would leave the continent an awfully quiet place unless there were plenty of English to go around, but “we speak [occasionally while] fucking English” would hardly be worthy of a T-shirt unless they are otherwise notably quiet fuckers.

  2. Jens Fiederer Says:

    I’d suspect #1 – and obviously a shade of #3.

  3. Paul Says:

    Australia has its jingoistic rednecks too :-/

    I’d say it was meant to be a humorously defiant description.

  4. Alon Says:

    Perhaps they mean that Australians don’t speak German, as an answer to the popular Austrian T-shirt ‘There are no kangaroos in Austria‘.

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