The Corner

Lost in Translation

“Norks Over Japan”: That’s what I headlined a weekend post about Kim Jong-Il’s Taepodong-2. We may have to change the title for the Australian release. An antipodean reader writes:

Mark,

Doubtless many have written in to point this out, but “nork” is in Australia a slang term for the female breast (as in “nice norks”).

I eagerly turned to your comment in The Corner entitled “Norks over Japan” and whilst interested, as ever, in what you had to say, was left feeling somewhat let-down ….

I’d known that, but it slipped my mind. (A few years back I had similar vernacular confusion with American editors startled by a reference to Barbra Streisand’s singular hooter.)

If it’s any consolation, the Aussie version of Norks Over Japan would plunge the country into total eclipse.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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