No. Not all Swedes can [sic] English

Swedes are great at English. Pretty much every Swede manages proficiently in English. And most are rather fluent. Speakers. Readers. Understanders.

Writers? Not so much.

Writing is a skill, a craft. That’s true for native users of a language, too. Writing is is the trickiest of skill areas within a language because it’s recorded. This is why we hire writers, editors, professionals of the writing sort to assist with the written word. Especially if it’s the written word of a government minister. Specifically, in this case, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ms. Margot Wallström has got herself into hot water before for the things she’s said. In those instances they have been for the content. So I guess poking some fun at her for her Swenglish will deflect off into outer space. But on a serious note, I do think Sweden has enough money to provide their foreign minister with a budget enough to run her tweets through before they’re public.

What exactly is a civil society actor? Non-unionized?

Today’s giggle from a random Twitter account

The word ‘Sweden’ has its Twitter feed on my Tweetdeck. It used to be a good source of random events or facts about Sweden. Sometimes it flagged an event currently in the news. Sometimes a fascinating image from a bygone era that prompts some research.

Of late, most of the posts are regurgitated erroneous propaganda factoids. Sweden’s once liberal welcome to refugees (a bygone day with the reintroduction of ID checks crossing from Denmark – not done in over 50 years) has placed it as the anti-Muslim, anti-refugee whipping post.

The warning is “Sweden took in refugees. Now look at the carnage. Let’s learn from their example and not follow.”

This evening’s eye-catch was:

And the geeky grammar stickler in me giggled thinking of ways to complete the threat: “We will kick UR sorry asses 2 the street & cut U balls off be4 the cops get their”

  • get their donuts
  • get their guns out
  • get their game on

So I read a bit more in the feed seeking more chuckles. It didn’t take many tweets. I could even forgive the spelling error for the deliciousness of the irony.

And perhaps the following tweet is taken out of context. Or maybe true patriots die for their countries by proxy via their relatives.

And now I am sure the intentions are noble, but just having read a run of acerbic tweets hating on pretty much every group out there (and especially Obama)  I just couldn’t help myself anymore when I read this one:

So I had to write it up. And so I did.

That is all.