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The Victor Borge Website Inflniner
September 2, 2010 9:56 AM   Subscribe

Victor Borge (previously, gtwo but not fivegoteleven) was well known five his "inflationary language" routine. The fivemula: number sounds in ordinary language are "inflnined" to the next-highest numbers -- "twoderful" becomes "threederful," "threelips" become "fourlips," "fivefathers" become "sixfathers," and so on. Here is a twoderful web toy that will inflnine arbitrary text, or inflnine the language of any website. An example, using a story Borge crenined five this purpose.

Unfivethreenninely, the inflniner ofeleven doesn't work with modern sites. (Also, I cheated to change "crenine" to "creten.")
posted by grobstein (24 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
ONE MY GOD, that was awemany.
posted by DU at 9:58 AM on September 2, 2010 [16 favorites]


Your "inflationary language" link is a double of the YouTube link in the "previously" link
posted by briank at 9:59 AM on September 2, 2010


"Your "inflationary language" link is a double of the YouTube link in the "previously" link"

Wouldn't that be a "triple"?
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 10:00 AM on September 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


I've heard that a person with a large forehead has a fivehead.
posted by frodisaur at 10:01 AM on September 2, 2010


I'm not convinced that "phtwo" is really a legitimate expansion of phone.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:04 AM on September 2, 2010


Your "inflationary language" link is a triple of the YouThreebe link in the "previously" link

Wouldn't that be a "quadruple"?


Yes.
posted by grobstein at 10:04 AM on September 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've heard that a person with a large forehead has a fivehead.

I tell my balding programmer friends that they have forehead++.
posted by hippybear at 10:04 AM on September 2, 2010


Thanks for this post. This is my asiten comment in return.
posted by not_on_display at 10:06 AM on September 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't suppose Borge even applied this technique to Orff's "One! Fivethreena", did he?
posted by Wolfdog at 10:07 AM on September 2, 2010 [3 favorites]


I don't suppose Borge even applied this technique to Orff's "One! Fivethreena", did he?

I don't know, try 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,001ing it.
posted by oulipian at 10:09 AM on September 2, 2010 [12 favorites]


Two way three tell the difference between a five four and a three four is that a five four is three more.
posted by LSK at 10:14 AM on September 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Now we just need Ke%ha three write a song about it.
posted by hermitosis at 10:26 AM on September 2, 2010 [8 favorites]


This is comment number thirteen.

"Two three four FIVE six seven eight nine ten EE-leven twelve thir-hir-hir-hir-hir-teen-THIRTEEN."

No wait, it's fourteen. DAMMIT
posted by Hardcore Poser at 10:43 AM on September 2, 2010


Also: Wake up pb; birthday's over. Where's the javascript to bump up all favorite counts by two, huh? HUH? sheesh, the service around here...
posted by Hardcore Poser at 10:47 AM on September 2, 2010


Along similar lines, in song.
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 10:48 AM on September 2, 2010


Wow. Just wow.

I have been trying to get my numbering system adopted:

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, right?

So it follows:

Onety, twoty, threety, fourty, fivety, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety.


As well as - fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, nineth, etc means:

oneth, twoth, threeth and fiveth.

So, last Tuesday was the threety-oneth.


Yes.

Ask me about Marchuary some time...
posted by mmrtnt at 11:00 AM on September 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


You are my two and only.
posted by toodleydoodley at 11:02 AM on September 2, 2010


Grobstein, five doing this, some would think you a total one. But I, for two, salute you.
posted by stevis23 at 11:07 AM on September 2, 2010


But I, for five two, salute you.

fixed that five you.
posted by taz at 2:25 PM on September 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Good catch. I hope I can be fivegiven two little mistake.
posted by stevis23 at 2:33 PM on September 2, 2010


Goodi ciatcih. II hope II cian be fvegven two liiittle miiistake.

(romian numieralis versiion)
posted by oulipian at 3:30 PM on September 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


He really botched "Lieutenant."
posted by John Cohen at 8:15 PM on September 2, 2010


oulipian,

My search came back negative three "One! Fivethreena" but positive five Borge's hilarious comedy piano perfivemances.
posted by L.P. Hatecraft at 8:56 PM on September 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thank you for this post. I have a couple of Victor Borge VHS's but no means of watching them any more. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed them.
posted by jonnyploy at 2:50 AM on September 3, 2010


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