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JerseyDevil
09-16-2005, 11:11 PM
This was on Netscapes Travel news site...



One Town's Very Obscene Name (http://channels.netscape.com/ns/travel/content.jsp?file=fte/austriantown/austriantown.jsp)

When you think of Austria, no doubt you think of such cities and towns as Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg. But there is another one. And because of its name, tourists steal the signs.

The name? We can't print it here. It's F---ing.

Agence France Presse and Britain's Sunday Telegraph report that the residents of F---ing (pronounced Fooking) are quite perturbed with British tourists who think the name of the town is so hilarious they want to take a piece of it home with them. So they swipe the signs. There are only 32 homes in this charming Austrian village with breathtaking views of lakes and forests and none of its residents understand why their signs are so popular. In fact, sign stealing is the only crime in F---ing.

The good people of F---ing have wised up. They have embedded their signs in concrete. Try stealing one now! We quote. Directly. Exactly. This is what police chief Kommandant Schmidtberger told the Sunday Telegraph: "We will not stand for the F---ing signs being removed. It may be very amusing for you British, but F---ing is simply F---ing to us. What is this big F---ing joke? It is puerile."

Interestingly, it is only the British who seem to have such a fascination with the name of this little town. A local guide told the Telegraph that the Germans want to see the Mozart house in Salzburg, while the Americans only care about the area around which "The Sound of Music" was filmed. The Japanese just want to see Hitler's birthplace in Braunau. The British are different. A woman who runs a guest house told the paper, "Just this morning I had to tell an English lady who stopped by that there were no F---ing postcards."

These Austrians may be on to something about the Brits. The BBC News reports that a Northamptonshire secondary school in Great Britain has had such a problem with its students swearing that they have instituted a five-word swearing limit in each class. When a student swears, the teacher writes a mark on the board. After five marks, no one is allowed to swear for the duration of the class. If the rule is broken? They get a severe talking-to by the teacher. We're thinking there won't be any field trips to F---ing, Austria.



Anyone that posts to this - please keep it clean.

MITHRANDIR
09-17-2005, 10:45 PM
While I would be annoyed if outsiders stole local signs, I think the citizens of this F$%^ING town are missing a golden opportunity.

They should start some merchandising.

Examples:

My parents went to Austria and all I got was this F*&king shirt.

or maybe a road sign.

Vienna 32km
Innsbruck 80km
F*&king 143km


It is ironic that relatively innocuous sounding words in one language can be obscene in another. :D

Marianita
02-07-2006, 12:38 AM
That is just too funny. lol.

131 Dukes St.
06-28-2007, 10:07 AM
That sounds like it should be here in joisey lmao.

Marianita
06-28-2007, 01:28 PM
Now I realize it is pronounced ''fooking'' but is it spelled, shall we say, the other way? I think the name needs to be changed or the spelling so it is not a profane word. The children there will pick up on that.

Marianita
06-28-2007, 01:33 PM
Hi dukes, That is just too funny. Joisey. I saw that in New Jersey Monthly. :lmao: I have not actually heard anyone say it. :) Marianita

JerseyDevil
06-28-2007, 01:41 PM
Hi dukes, That is just too funny. Joisey. I saw that in New Jersey Monthly. :lmao: I have not actually heard anyone say it. :) Marianita
That's because New Jerseyans don't say Joisey. It's generally the way New Yorkers say it, bu then it's gone around that this is the way New Jerseyans pronounce our state.

Marianita
06-28-2007, 06:16 PM
Yes, I could see how someone from New York would say ''joisey.'' It almost sounds like someone kidding around or something. No one is going to be saying it if they are from our state. Marianita:)

Baby_mo
10-04-2007, 03:37 AM
While I would be annoyed if outsiders stole local signs, I think the citizens of this F$%^ING town are missing a golden opportunity.

They should start some merchandising.

Examples:

My parents went to Austria and all I got was this F*&king shirt.

or maybe a road sign.

Vienna 32km
Innsbruck 80km
F*&king 143km


It is ironic that relatively innocuous sounding words in one language can be obscene in another. :D


A good idea! :D

NJBarb
10-04-2007, 06:43 AM
Yeah - "Joisey" is a BQ (Brooklyn/Queens) pronunciation.
Just imagine getting a T shirt that says, "My folks went to Austria and all I got was this F_ _ _ _ _ g T shirt!

Marianita
10-05-2007, 05:09 AM
Hi NJ Barb. Imagine living there or being from there? People would ask you where you are from. LOL. :lmao: