The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 July 2005

Oh, those crazy Caucasians

Erica was waxing lyrical about the WNBA All-Star Game, and then this happened:

Commentator Mike Jones: "Remember 'Swin' [as in Cash] is short for "Swintayla" which means 'amazing woman' in African." I'm sorry, what language is "African"?

Most of these media types know only one fragment of "African": the chorus of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

Apropos of nothing, but because it sorta fits here, hottie singer/actress (and lately serious evangelist) Lola Falana was doing the Tonight Show one evening and Johnny Carson was speaking the name as she pronounced it to him, trippingly on the tongue. "Lo-la fa-LA-na," he intoned. "What is the origin of that name, anyway?"

With a perfectly straight face, she said, "It's Swahili for 'Debbie'."

The Great Carsoni nearly fell over. (I did fall over.)

Posted at 8:12 PM to Almost Yogurt

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I first thought VARIOLA? That's a terrible thing to call her!

Sometimes the eyes are faster than the brain.

Posted by: Dan at 10:43 PM on 11 July 2005

I learned long ago that it was more effective to cut and paste and read only if necessary. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 7:48 AM on 12 July 2005