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Forum Name: Our Witches at War
Topic ID: 33
#0, A Message from the Front
Posted by Gryphon on Jan-11-15 at 00:27 AM
ALLIED JOINT FORCES COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED FORCES EUROPE
HIGH PRIORITY FLASH MESSAGE

DATE 14 AUG 1945

FROM WILCKE BRIG GEN MINNA-DIETLINDE LKK CMDG
501 JFW

TO LEMAY MAJ GEN CURTIS E USAAF CMDG
XXI AERIAL ATTACK COMMAND 20 USAAF

IN RE YOUR MORONIC PLAN TO GET EVERY AIR WITCH IN EUROPE KILLED
ATTACKING NEUROI GROUND POSITIONS SCHWEINFURT-REGENSBURG

SIR

MACH ES DIR SELBER

STRONG LETTER TO FOLLOW

WILCKE


#1, RE: A Message from the Front
Posted by drakensis on Jan-11-15 at 03:40 AM
In response to message #0
now calls to mind:

ARTHUR HARRIS: "LEMAY!"
CURTIS LEMAY: "What is it, Harris?"
AH: "You're trying to get our Air Witches killed!" (Punches CL) "That's _my_ job!"


#2, RE: A Message from the Front
Posted by Gryphon on Jan-11-15 at 02:45 PM
In response to message #1
>now calls to mind:
>
>ARTHUR HARRIS: "LEMAY!"
>CURTIS LEMAY: "What is it, Harris?"
>AH: "You're trying to get our Air Witches killed!" (Punches CL)
>"That's _my_ job!"

"You must be more careful, sir," said the harried traffic officer. "You could've killed someone tonight, the way you were driving."

"Young man," Air Marshal Harris replied testily, "I kill hundreds of people every night."

--G.
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#3, N.B.
Posted by Gryphon on Jan-11-15 at 02:48 PM
In response to message #0
"Mach es dir selber" literally means "do it yourself". That would be a sharp enough rebuke, as a witch's rebuttal of a muggle's plan to waste witch lives, but in German/Karlslandic it has an added dimension, because in that language it's also a minced profanity of a high order. It is so commonly assumed to be a way of saying "go fuck yourself" without actually using foul language that, culturally, it has essentially become foul language.

You really don't want to get on the wrong side of Minna, is what I'm saying. :)

--G.
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#4, RE: N.B.
Posted by Nathan on Jan-11-15 at 03:06 PM
In response to message #3
>"Mach es dir selber" literally means "do it yourself". That would be
>a sharp enough rebuke, as a witch's rebuttal of a muggle's plan to
>waste witch lives, but in German/Karlslandic it has an added
>dimension, because in that language it's also a minced profanity of a
>high order. It is so commonly assumed to be a way of saying "go fuck
>yourself" without actually using foul language that, culturally, it
>has essentially become foul language.
>
>You really don't want to get on the wrong side of Minna, is what I'm
>saying. :)

Halfway between 'do it yourself' and 'go do yourself'.

-----

"V, did you do something foolish?"

"Yes, and it was glorious."


#5, RE: N.B.
Posted by zwol on Jan-11-15 at 06:25 PM
In response to message #3
Google Translate renders it as "DO IT YOURSELF YOU", which only lacks an "————" at the end.

#6, RE: N.B.
Posted by SpottedKitty on Jan-11-15 at 06:39 PM
In response to message #3
It's the "strong letter to follow" bit that fills me with morbid curiosity — now I can't help imagining that particular missive being delivered in a red-hot strongbox, chained to a long metal pole carried by two husky (and nervous) orderlies.

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#7, RE: N.B.
Posted by Gryphon on Jan-11-15 at 06:42 PM
In response to message #6
LAST EDITED ON Jan-11-15 AT 06:42 PM (EST)
 
>It's the "strong letter to follow" bit that fills me with morbid
>curiosity

Heh - inspired by this, which, while I doubt its authenticity, is nevertheless a nearly perfect telegram. :)

--G.
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