( published 6th March 2002 )
every time I pay with my credit card 60pct of people see my name and ask me if I'm Italian. 20 pct think I'm Spanish, 10pct I'm Greek ( Alexander the Great ?? ), 10pct almost "invent" a nationality. I wonder how one can assume so many things about names in today's international world.
I have already mentioned it, but our dear French football European and world champions include players with names as French as a Sainsbury camembert. Pires, Vieira? Portuguese please, si si...Djorkaeff? Armenian...Zidane? Algerian...and Lizarazu, Anelka, Wiltord, does that sound French????? The only one that sounds French is Marcel Desailly,...and he is black!
Remember the several times world champion skier Marc Girardelli?? Italian?...Nooooooo, Luxembourger, yes,yes...but, but originally from Austria ( the guy couldn't even speak a word of Luxembourgish, shame on him...). The Luxembourg 100m national record holder is Marc Bombardella, and 400m hurdle holder is Roger Mathekowitsch ( hi Roger ). It will be more and more difficult to recognise someone's origins after his/her name.
I remember the movie "Short Circuit", where an Asian Indian
guy with strong accent was asked by Steve Guttenberg ( by the way, is he
- Where do you come from?
- Me, New Jersey...
- No, I mean originally...
- Oooh, Pittsburgh!
Have a nice day
An English guy was very ill and his son went to visit him in the hospital. Suddenly, the father began to breathe heavily and grabbed the pen and pad by the bed. With his last ounce of strength he wrote a note, dropped it, and died. The son was so overcome with grief that he didn't remember slipping the note into his pocket. At the funeral, he reached into the pocket of his coat and immediately felt the note. He excitedly read it thinking it might be something he could recite during the service. It said: YOU WANKER -- GET OFF MY OXYGEN PIPE!!!