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What Do Swedes Think of the Swedish Chef?(Really sounds Norwegian? They’d like you to stop asking)
Slate ^ | Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 | Jeremy Stahl

Posted on 09/04/2012 11:27:01 AM PDT by nickcarraway

If you’ve ever met a Swede, chances are you asked her the following question: “What do you think of [ABBA/Ikea/The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/socialized medicine/the Swedish Chef]?”

For Swedes, it’s the last of these questions—the one about the unintelligible, shotgun-wielding, and much beloved chaos Muppet—that is especially vexing.

I know this because it was one of the first questions I asked my Swedish wife when we were introduced. “I don’t see how it’s funny,” she responded in a tone that I took at the time to be an endearingly sarcastic deadpan, but would soon learn was actually an endearingly sincere deadpan.

The Swedish Chef does not speak any known language, and the fact that his nonsense words are so widely interpreted as Swedish-sounding is bewildering and annoying to Swedes.

“What has always struck me is that the Chef is probably based on a Norwegian sing-songish accent rather than a Swedish one,” Maaret Koskinen, a film studies professor at Stockholm University, wrote in an email when I asked her about the Swedish Chef’s cultural influence in Sweden.

Swedish and Norwegian share a common linguistic antecedent, and Swedes and Norwegians easily understand each other’s languages. The accents are quite different, however, and there are words that are exclusive to each dialect. The tongues are dissimilar enough for Swedes to be able to hear Norwegian in the Swedish Chef’s ramblings instead of Swedish.

“I think it sounds much more Norwegian,” Cecilia Browning, the general manager of Washington D.C.’s House of Sweden (the home of the Swedish Embassy), told me when I asked her about the accent.

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TOPICS: Food; TV/Movies; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: napl; sweden; swedish; swedishchef

1 posted on 09/04/2012 11:27:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

One of my favorite clips of all time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS2qNc188Ps


2 posted on 09/04/2012 11:31:09 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: nickcarraway
Be patient, the Swedish Chef is in here…wait for it.
3 posted on 09/04/2012 11:35:53 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: nickcarraway

My grandparents came from Sweden, I speak Swedish, I’ve spent a lot of time in Sweden, and I have never thought that that Swedish Chef character sounded very Swedish or was very funny.


4 posted on 09/04/2012 11:43:25 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Swedish-American.)
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To: nickcarraway
Reminds me of a running joke from the movie "The Thing:"

Character 1: "Crazy Swedes!"

Character 2: "They're Norwegians."

Character 1: "Whatever!"

5 posted on 09/04/2012 11:47:00 AM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: nickcarraway

“Mork! Mork! Mork!” is Swedish for “Please pass the ketchup.”


6 posted on 09/04/2012 11:54:05 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nickcarraway

Chaos Muppet.

Now there’s a name for a band.

As long as we’re at it, we should ask the Muslims what they think about Crazy Harry (a.k.a. the “bomb Muppet”).


7 posted on 09/04/2012 12:12:04 PM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: nickcarraway
If you’ve ever met a Swede, chances are you asked her the following question: “What do you think of [ABBA/Ikea/The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/socialized medicine/the Swedish Chef]?”

Guilty. While touring there in 1986 we managed to meet some young ladies outside of the Hardrock Cafe in Stockholm. Over a couple of beers, we asked about the Swedish Chef.

We thought we were so smooth.
8 posted on 09/04/2012 12:14:29 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Charles Henrickson

Swedish people have no sense of humor and are way too sensitive.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 12:35:36 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Uncle Miltie

One of the best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0sMSvH4T7g


10 posted on 09/04/2012 12:37:02 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: nickcarraway

The author of the article managed to get all of these Swedes to state that the Swedish Chef sounded Norwegian. The obvious followup would be to ask a Norwegian or two whether the Swedish Chef sounds Norwegian.


11 posted on 09/04/2012 1:18:44 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; Daffynition; JoeProBono

12 posted on 09/04/2012 1:22:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: M1903A1

I like this one;

http://s60.photobucket.com/albums/h20/BigB26/?action=view&current=RobotChicken-SwedishChef.mp4


13 posted on 09/04/2012 1:24:58 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Kirkwood; Revolting cat!
I don't know about Swedish chefs, but I do like their cuisine.


14 posted on 09/04/2012 1:25:59 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: nickcarraway
"The call me Swede ... but actually I am Norwegian".

My favorite character in Hell on Wheels (aka AMC's version of Deadwood - PG13).

15 posted on 09/04/2012 1:28:40 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Charles Henrickson

My grandparents also came from Sweden, and my grandmother actually WAS a Swedish chef at one time in her life.

I never heard of this Swedish chef character before this day, and I wish I never had. Pure idiocy, but that about sums up the whole Muppets thing.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 1:36:01 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind

I never heard of this Swedish chef character before this day, and I wish I never had. Pure idiocy, but that about sums up the whole Muppets thing.
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Nonsense—The Swedish chef is a beloved icon of the Swedish experience in America. All true Swedes should be proud to claim him as one of their own. And anyone who tries to challenge my knowledge of things Swedish should know that I learned these truths from the Muppets!


17 posted on 09/04/2012 6:04:23 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
PERP-I-KERN!


18 posted on 09/04/2012 7:39:27 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: mmichaels1970; Revolting cat!; Lazamataz; JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows
If you’ve ever met a Swede, chances are you asked her the following question:

Trust me, the Swedish Chef never entered the discussion. I was too busy trying to get the emergency contact phone number of the Swedish Bikini Team.

19 posted on 09/04/2012 7:50:51 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: nickcarraway
Norwegian and Swedish are not dialects, but distinct languages with common ancestry, just like Dutch and German, or English and Scots. There are dialects of Swedish. People from Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmo speak in different dialects.

I loved the Muppets as a kid, but my uncle is a real Swedish Chef. He speaks with a Southern Swedish accent (Malmo area). He also found the skits amusing.

20 posted on 09/04/2012 7:56:15 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Fresh Wind; Revolting cat!

If you’ve never encountered the Swedish Chef before, I suppose you’ve never heard of Yogi Yorgesson.

Christmas 78’s - I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas - Yogi Yorgesson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4uW2PT-190

Yogi Yorgesson - Who Hid The Halibut On The Poop Deck?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRV03zQkBas


21 posted on 09/04/2012 7:58:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: a fool in paradise

OK, you’ve got your priorities straight.


22 posted on 09/04/2012 8:10:41 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: M1903A1

Bohemian Rhapsody

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlxozJh2JNo


23 posted on 09/04/2012 8:53:45 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: nickcarraway

How about a Firefox Add-on to make any page sound like the chef? And no, I have not DL’ed and tried it.

Bork Bork Bork! 1.9
by Snert

The Swedish Chef travesty filter and URL blocker. View web pages or mail as spoken by the Swedish Chef like this...

“Zee Svedeesh Cheff trefesty feelter und URL blucker. Feeoo veb peges oor meeel es spukee by zee Svedeesh Cheff leeke-a thees.”

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/bork-bork-bork/


24 posted on 09/04/2012 9:07:40 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: a fool in paradise

Yes, I’ve heard of Yogi Yorgesson. His real name was Harry Stewart, though he was of Norwegian descent. Sort of a Scandinavian Stepin Fetchit.


25 posted on 09/05/2012 4:52:09 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: nickcarraway

26 posted on 09/05/2012 4:55:52 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Re: 14. Are those gummy fish and zucchinni? BORK, Bork, Bork?


27 posted on 09/05/2012 5:11:33 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Safetgiver

SWEDISH FISH.


28 posted on 09/05/2012 10:54:46 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Gotta love a chef who considers firearms kitchen utensils.

And then there’s this little gem....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwGdHAHg0ig


29 posted on 09/05/2012 4:41:41 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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