Nicht Offenbach, sondern Offenekloake

U.S. troops inspect an open sewer in Baghdad, 2009.

U.S. troops inspect an open sewer in Baghdad, 2009. Image: Staff Sgt. James Selesnick.

Explanation: These lovely folks, who unfortunately make some boring old men’s heads and bowels explode with fear and vergüenza ajena/sympathetic shame, have as one of their emotistraps the alleged Beethovenism re Bach, “Not a brook but an ocean.”

The sea is so boring. Imagine the success Charles Trenet might have had with the following if only he’d called it “L’océan”:

Be water, my friend, or be a dog, but everyone knows the one about Bach (woof!) and Offenbach (woof! woof! woof!), so it won’t be repeated here.

Similar posts

  • Shame
    Igry (1/2/3) – a (research-driven?) neologism expressing a voyeuristic, laissez-faire sense of shame – already gets slightly more ghits (ca 200
  • A brief history of zoological shame
    Featuring a Spanish view of the Saxons.
  • RFID
    Dean Takahashi has a lovely little piece on Charles Walton, the man ultimately behind the technology being used at Baja Beach
  • Anti-globalism activist? Need accommodation?
    A sympathetic friend will be away for the weekend of the Barcelona summit and would be delighted to let you have
  • Cork
    Mariano over at has been translating various pertinent texts into Spanish. His latest gem is a chapter entitled Inversión (Investment)


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *