Wednesday, July 15, 2009

642 : Similarities between Marklar's from South Park & the Japanese

Spousy and I both like South Park, in case you did not already know my sense of humor is very perverse.

In one of our fav episodes (google tells me it is #311), there is an intelligent race called Marklars, who refer to all proper and common nouns as Marklar. "Marklar is posting this Marklar on a Marklar, which is hosted at Marklar" (Amit is posting this item on a blog which is hosted at blogspot) a perfectly legal sentence in Marklar dialect.
One of characters ask the Marklar lead, "isn't this very confusing"....he says "No" and then says "Marklar step forward" and then one of the people from his team (supposedly the Marklar he was referring to) steps forward.....

Hope you get the drift....the episode is hilarious to watch.

Switch back to real life. I have been working with Japanese folks for quite a few months. In corporate circles, their first names have no usage at all. So for example, "Niko Hayashi" will become Hayashi San and so will "Takako Hayashi"....and all other Hayashi's.

The fun part is when you are in a meeting with 3 Hayashi's and 6 Suzuki's.

Its amusing and amazing to see (how just like the Marklar's) when the boss says "Suzuki San, can you handle this?"....always, the right "Suzuki San" says "hai" (Yes).

I wonder how do they do it? Are they as advanced as the Marklars. Hope to resolve this mystery one day.


"Marklar, these marklars want to change your marklar. They don't want this Marklar or any of his marklars to live here because it's bad for their marklar. They use Marklar to try and force marklars to believe their marklar. If you let them stay here, they will build marklars and marklars. They will take all your marklars and replace them with their marklar. These marklars have no good marklar to live on Marklar, so they must come here to Marklar. Please, let these marklars stay where they can grow and prosper without any marklars, marklars, or marklars. "

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