March 22, 2011

Ugandan English

The Broadway play The Vagina Monologues had a brief, but notorious, appearance on the Ugandan stage before being banned by government censors. The brouhaha led to the entry of the word monologue into Ugandan English as a euphemism for vagina. The newspaper Red Pepper popularized the use of the word kandahar and after the 2010 World Cup, vuvuzela for vagina, and whopper for penis.

From a wiki article on Ugandan English.

(via marginal revolution)

comments

  1. Michael Smith on March 22nd, 2011 at 11:48 am

    monologue seems like it would be a better euphemism for penis.

    Mono Log.

  2. Deron Bauman on March 22nd, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I don’t get it.

  3. Michael Smith on March 22nd, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    That’s what she said.

  4. Deron Bauman on March 22nd, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Don’t be a whopper.

  5. Derek White on March 23rd, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Uganda can fuck it’s own monologue (that whopper of a mono-log being a law on their books (punishable by death) for being gay).