Friday, September 30, 2005

A weekend competition

Picture your sedate and contemplative Pedant-General, tucking into a nice bowl of pasta "a la Lady P-G" this very lunchtime and falling off his chair in astonishment at this. Open it and fast-forward to 4 mins 40 secs into the clip.

The verbatim quote:
Japanese cultural sensitivities make it difficult for the government to appeal for people to have more sex, but it has offered various incentives.


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The mind boggles.

Suggestions in the comments please for the sort of incentives you would offer if you were unfortunate enough to be in the shoes of the Japanese Prime Minister (or even Emperor).




4 comments:

Arthur said...

The quote (surely "quotation" PG, and is "verbatim quote" not analagous to quite unique or half pregnant?) is unclear as to whether the Japanese government is to encourage its citizens to have more sex generally or specifically. I presume the intent is to produce more Japanese, rather than just to encourage an increased carnal knowledge among the citizenry at large?

The Pedant-General in Ordinary said...

Hair-splitting going on here, Mr Seat.

"I presume the intent is to produce more Japanese, rather than just to encourage an increased carnal knowledge among the citizenry at large?"

There is a world of difference between "having more sex" and "having more children". Our illustrious reporter said the former not the latter, so we must assume that that is what he meant.

Given this, you are quite at liberty (aren't we all, or rather "shouldn't we all be?") to provide suggestions for incentives either for general or specific sex as it, err..., tickles your fancy.

The only other possibility is that the BBC would be guilty of incredibly sloppy reporting and use of our great language. I will not entertain such a dangerous notion upon these pages.

PG

Devil's Kitchen said...

They do, according to a friend who was there over the summer, still have vending machines selling schoolllgirls' knickers. Perhaps they could have vending machines selling schoolgirls with no knickers (their knickers are in the other machine. They could, at least, try to match the set...)?

Alternatively, they could give free, government-subsidised sushi to all those caught having sex in public; it would liven up Japanese lunch hours, eh?

DK

dearieme said...

New meaning for pokemon, then? Anyhoo, how about "Have more sex and we promise to stop preaching at you about smoking"?