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March 26, 2006

「甘酸っぱい」って?/"Ethnic Joke"

いきなりですが、今日メチャメチャ笑ったこと。

息子(5歳)と一緒にお風呂に入ったのですが、シャンプーを流そうと頭からお湯をかけたら(最近ようやくお湯が目に入るのを嫌がらなくなって助かってます)お湯が耳に入ってしまったようで、お風呂から出ても耳に何か違和感を感じている様子。「大丈夫?」と聞いたら、「大丈夫。」と答えた上で一言。

 何かね、お耳が甘酸っぱかったの。 ヽ(´▽`)

 「甘酸っぱい」って何?

 そしてどこでそんな言葉を覚えたの?

耳の中が甘酸っぱい様子を想像して、思わず大爆笑してしまったですよ。こういう語感のセンスってなかなか面白いなあ。

ということで私も明日から甘酸っぱく生きてみようかと思った次第(笑)。

sekaiんで今日は「世界の日本人ジョーク集」(早坂隆著、中公新書ラクレ)を読了。いわゆる"Ethnic Joke"を紹介しながら、海外で日本人がどう見られているかを描き出した本ですね。

基本的に"Ethnic Joke"は難しい問題をはらんでいるため(特に本書では分かりやすいジョークを集めてあるため、「ステレオタイプ」なモノが多いのですね)、「笑い」を求めるためというよりは、「そういう見方もあるのね」と自分を振り返り納得するために読む本と言えるでしょうか。

この本に載っていたジョークの一例。

新製品が世に流通するまでには、全部で4つの段階がある。
まず、アメリカの企業が新製品の開発をする。
次にロシア人が、「自分たちは同じ物を、もうすでに三〇年前に考え出していた」と主張する。
そして、日本人がアメリカ製以上のクオリティのものを造り、輸出し始める。
最後に、中国人が日本製のものに似せた偽物を造る。

   ※「世界の日本人ジョーク集」(早坂隆著、中公新書ラクレ)より抜粋

ちょっとステレオタイプ過ぎて何だかなあ、と思うジョークではありますが、でもまあ確かにここ数十年のある側面を切り取ったモノとして納得はできます。実際、「スターバックスと同じ店名(および似たデザインの看板)を付けた上海のコーヒーショップが元祖から訴えられ敗訴」という記事もありましたもんね。我々の業界でも、中国や韓国との関わりがどんどん深くなる昨今、知的財産の取り扱いには気をつけるように、というお達しが回ってきたりします(誤解を招かないように言うと、これはそれらの国に特に限った問題ではなく、どこの国を相手にしても十分な注意が必要です)。

んで、ここから派生して"Starbucks"の名前の由来とか、その辺の話をしようかと思ったのですが、今日は残念ながら時間が来てしまいました。ということでそのネタはまた明日!(と言ってネタの温存に走る私(笑))。

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表現力年齢とともに失われるものの一つでしょうか?
子供は語彙が少ないんですが、表現力は見習いたいものがありますね。
家の姉は小さい頃寒天ゼリーを「お尻」と表現し、「お尻を食べたい!」とわめいていたそうです(爆)

Posted by: ジンジャー | March 27, 2006 at 07:32 AM

★ジンジャーさん
まさに子供ならではの表現ですね。こういう感覚ってまさに抽象画的なのかも。
しかし、「お尻を食べたい」ってのはなかなか大胆(笑)。かなり微笑ましいですけどね。

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