"Borg sounds Swedish?" (First Contact) Why is it funny?

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies I-X' started by Aike, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. cardinal biggles

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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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  2. Tan Ru

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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
     
  3. Fruitcake

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    Because the Borg are a smorgasborg of species?
     
  4. cardinal biggles

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    I think the word you're looking for is smörgåsbord.
     
  5. 22 Stars

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    I think he was making a joke or pun. Geez you need to lighten up dude.
     
  6. Aike

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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;)
     
  7. CaptainStoner

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    And don't forget Borgy and Pess, the Swedish musical about a cyborg and his cute little dog.
     
  8. Nardpuncher

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    I think I remember Borg chocolate bars in England in the late 70s. With Bjorn's picture on them.
     
  9. The Ghost of Canon Yet to Come

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  10. Too Much Fun

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    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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  11. Peach Wookiee

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    I was thinking of the tennis player (part of my family is Swedish).
     
  12. Melakon

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    In 1971, I owned a Datsun 510 that had a Borg-Warner transmission.
     
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  14. Trekker4747

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    Ahhh Thread Necromancy. Have you no shame?
     
  15. CorporalClegg

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  16. Too Much Fun

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    I couldn't resist resurrecting this sucker when 'Borg' popped up in a non Star Trek film. By the way, I have an update! I watched another Garbo movie ("Two-Faced Woman", her final one) and in that movie, her surname is actually Borg! So this confirms that Borg really is a plausible Swedish surname...at least in movies. :cool:
     
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  19. Trekker4747

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    Edward Cullen?
     
  20. Aike

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    I started this thread almost three years ago due to a heated discussion on a Swedish Star Trek forum regarding whether the joke referred to Bjorn Borg or not. I always thought it did, and was very surprised that a few Swedish trekkers didn´t believe that.

    So I bought the First Contact DVD and listened to what Braga and Moore had to say. And of course, the joke refers to Bjorn Borg.

    I am not the least surprised since Borg was the best tennis player during the childhood of the script writers.