Linguistic humor, Name change
The Germans invade Alsace, and require everyone to take a German name. A
German soldier goes up to a farmer by the name of Lagarde and informs him
of the requirement.
Lagarde refuses, arguing as follows:
|Look, 'Lagarde' in German would become 'Wache'.
||La garde in French means 'the sentry', which translates into
German Wache 'sentry'.
|In a few years, the French will reconquer Alsace, and then I'll have to
to by 'Vache'.
||French speakers would pronounce Wache to sound like vache, the French
word for 'cow'.
|Then you guys will come back and make me change 'Vache' to 'Kuh.'
||The German word for 'cow' is Kuh.
|Then the French will come back and make 'Kuh' into 'Cul'.
||French speakers would pronounce Kuh to sound basically identical to
|Then you Germans will come back and make me change 'Cul' to 'Arschloch'.
||The German word for 'asshole' is Arschloch.
|So why not just call me 'Arschloch' from the get go?