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Old January 13 2009, 07:57 AM   #16
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Re: "Borg sounds Swedish?" (First Contact) Why is it funny?

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I thought that pianist-comedian Victor Borge was the inspiration.
You forget Ernest Borg Nine of "McHale's Navy".
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Old January 13 2009, 02:25 PM   #17
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Old January 16 2009, 08:27 AM   #18
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Thanks for your answers.

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I am Swedish so I find these lines hilarious. And I know exactly why. But I won´t tell you now since I want to know why non-Swedes think it is funny.
Wasn't it a joke aimed at Bjorn Borg?
This is what I always thought, too.

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Of course, there's the famous Swedish culinary catchphrase "Bork, bork, bork" as well.
This is a reference I was not aware of, but it may very well be the inspiration for the joke, since the Swedish Chef was very popular among the usenet geeks back in the early to midninties.

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I thought that pianist-comedian Victor Borge was the inspiration.
That is a good one. Too bad he is Danish
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Old January 16 2009, 08:58 AM   #19
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I'm too young to have solid data on this... Did Björn Borg pronounce his name the Star Trek way or the native way, after becoming famous?

Here in Finland, film director Lauri Harjola got fed up with his provincial name and became Renny Harlin of Hollywood. Too bad the local media continue to consider him a Finn - so his new surname doesn't get pronounced in the masculine manner that evokes Harley-Davidson and so forth, but "har-LEEN" as the natives would have it.

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Old January 19 2009, 04:56 AM   #20
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That's great. And apart from the tenuous connection to Bjorn Borg, this has what, exactly, to do with the topic at hand?
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Old January 19 2009, 06:49 AM   #21
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Re: "Borg sounds Swedish?" (First Contact) Why is it funny?

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That's great. And apart from the tenuous connection to Bjorn Borg, this has what, exactly, to do with the topic at hand?
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Q: Isn't it ironic, don't you think?
A: A little too ironic, and yeah I really do think...

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Old January 19 2009, 10:42 PM   #22
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Re: "Borg sounds Swedish?" (First Contact) Why is it funny?

I always assumed that the Swedish borg play-on-words joke referred to a Swedish word (I think...) commonly used in the US: schmorgusborg
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I always assumed that the Swedish borg play-on-words joke referred to a Swedish word (I think...) commonly used in the US: schmorgusborg
Because the Borg are a smorgasborg of species?
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I think the word you're looking for is smörgåsbord.
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I think the word you're looking for is smörgåsbord.
I think he was making a joke or pun. Geez you need to lighten up dude.
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Old January 20 2009, 11:33 AM   #26
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I'm too young to have solid data on this... Did Björn Borg pronounce his name the Star Trek way or the native way, after becoming famous?

Here in Finland, film director Lauri Harjola got fed up with his provincial name and became Renny Harlin of Hollywood. Too bad the local media continue to consider him a Finn - so his new surname doesn't get pronounced in the masculine manner that evokes Harley-Davidson and so forth, but "har-LEEN" as the natives would have it.

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As far as I know, he never changed the pronouciation of the name. He used the Swedish pronouciation at home and the English one abroad.

But a fun fact is that he liked drugs. Just as Braga and Moore who wrote the joke
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Old January 21 2009, 11:36 PM   #27
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And don't forget Borgy and Pess, the Swedish musical about a cyborg and his cute little dog.
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Old January 23 2009, 02:37 PM   #28
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I think I remember Borg chocolate bars in England in the late 70s. With Bjorn's picture on them.
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Old January 24 2009, 02:21 AM   #29
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Old November 26 2012, 07:31 PM   #30
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Re: "Borg sounds Swedish?" (First Contact) Why is it funny?

I'm watching the Swedish silent film "Gösta Berlings saga", and there's a wealthy Swedish residence in it called 'The Borg Estate'.

This immediately reminded me of the "Star Trek: First Contact" line, and I decided to look up "Borg" to find out if it really is a Swedish word and Lily was actually right (despite her line clearly being written for humour).

This thread was the first thing that came up in a Google search. The only references I can find to "Borg" as a Swedish word are the aforementioned tennis player and this movie.

I doubt Moore and Braga were thinking of the movie when they wrote the line (unless they're Greta Garbo fans, since it was the '30s star's film debut in a starring role), but I think this is a fun bit of trivia and reference to the movie anyway, whether it was intentional or not.

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