"The nineties called and wanted its shirt back."
Translation:Nittiotalet ringde och ville ha tillbaka sin skjorta.
Equivalent = motsvarighet
Among people of age 30 and under among my acquaintances, we just say "oh snap". :p
Lägg av! is a pretty neutral one I think. But in the 90s, I guess people would have said släng dig i väggen – literally 'throw yourself against the wall' :-D
I believe the joke "The [decade] called; they want their ... back" originated from comedian David Spade from his days on the American comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live."
It's often said to tactlessly point out that what you have, wear, or are doing is very outdated.
«It's often said to tactlessly point out that what you have, wear, or are doing is very outdated» — and what would be a tackful way of saying that? LOL
Yes, and my reply was punny way of pointing that out (a tack is a kind of nail). You now owe the internet 1 (one) pun, in return for making me explain this one.
I feel like this is the proper place to introduce the word göteborgsvits - literally "Gothenburgian joke". It means "really bad pun".
It’s a tongue-in-cheek way of saying that someone’s shirt is from the 90s and thus out of fashion.
Not from my English! I hadn't a clue what it meant. Maybe because most of my shirts are that old?
The language is still called English. Unless you also say Indian, or South African? :p
It's correct, but since we're teaching you the numbers in Swedish, you can't write them in numbers in Swedish. When translating to English you can though.
That makes sense. Thanks. I was just sad because I was trying to jump ahead and had to start over for that "mistake" ;-)
i have a question concerning the english sentence: shouldn't it say their shirt, since the nineties is plural?
It is also used for a person of unspecified sex so I am not sure if that applies here but I would most certainly say "their" instead of "its" here personally.
It is however multiple years. I would argue that if you said 1994, it would indeed fit under the article of it, however seeing as how it is the nineties (a group of years) would be plural. You may argue that nineties refers to a decade, so singular, (as MarkBorkBork did) but there a reason it is called the ninetIES. While yes, when the nineties is not personified, it would be treated with it. But as it is personified in the sentence, it would make sense for it to be treated as multiple people. P.S. I hope I am making sense.
Sure, I get that - and you're making perfect sense. Hence we do accept "their" as well - since using the plural is roughly as common as using the singular here. I just meant that Justin's argument doesn't really apply since a decade isn't a person or group of people. :)