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Jeruba's avatar

What does Google mean by "Bork, bork, bork"?

Asked by Jeruba (41917 points ) April 11th, 2011

That’s one of Google’s language options (along with dozens of world languages that look genuine to me). When I click it, I get this:

http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-bork

Or, rather, I don’t get it. What’s this about?

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Seelix's avatar

I think it’s supposed to be the Swedish Chef language. In that clip, a few seconds in, he says “Bork, bork, bork!”

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I would second a guess for the Swedish Chef.

muppetish's avatar

Swedish Chef speaks in a faux-Swedish accent on The Muppet Show. “Bork, bork, bork” was his trademark catch phrase on the incredibly silly culinary sketch he performed. There are lots of “ee“s and zeds in his speech – you can tell the staff weren’t trying to make it sound anything like the actual language.

And I now like Google all the more for making the reference.

Jeruba's avatar

Well, jeez, I googled “Bork” and got this and this (and this ) and couldn’t see the connection.

That’s why I came to this erudite lot for Answers.

Seelix's avatar

Aww, I wish Google really was talking about Robert Bork. And his two sons, Robert Jr. and Charles. Bork, Bork, Bork.

Seelix is sleepy and should probably go to bed now.

MissAnthrope's avatar

The Muppet Show played a huge part in my childhood. I used to watch it with my grandparents. The Swedish Chef was my favorite! Bork, bork, bork!

jerv's avatar

There is (or at least was) a Firefox extension that could do the same thing to any web page.

diavolobella's avatar

That always bugs me, because the Swedish Chef actually says “Mort, mort, mort” not bork.

BarnacleBill's avatar

It’s a way to make boring, dry web content more interesting, by adding Muppet language to it. There’s also Elmer Fudd, Leet, Klingon, Pirate and Pig Latin

seazen_'s avatar

Chocolate Moose was a classic.

ucme's avatar

That’ll be a dog barking immediately after swallowing a ping pong ball. It’s one theory anyway.

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