Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
ScoutDad2001

English interpreter strip - a joke I assume?

Recommended Posts

My son returned from the National Jamboree with an "English" interpreter strip that he'd traded for. I'm pretty sure that these were intended as jokes, and that no such strip really exists (at least in the BSA). Right?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

(There is a whole range of 'spoof' patches, Interpreter Strips, knots, merit badges, etc. that can be had if so interested. Besides English, there is also Klingon, Computerese, Southern Drawl, and more.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am going to play devils advocate here. Couldn't the following be in effect?

 

1.. The English Interpreter strip could be legit in another country

2.. Technically, I suppose in an area predominantly Hispanic could use it to communicate. They could have a bi-lingual strip because the other Hispanic child may not speak English, so to communicate with other kids, he needs another Spanish speaking individual who can speak English.

 

So, does that mean I could wear English, Spanish, French, Gaelic strips? Add to it I know a little of two other languages, just haven't mastered them, yet. I guess they would come in handy at a Jamboree when you meet Scouts from around the world.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have for over 20 years made teaching Americans how to speak good English like I dozz a goal!!

Eamonn.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OK, how does one get these? Sounds like a great joke. I would try Klingon but it just hurts my throat. Perhaps Ferengi?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wear it on one's spoof shirt?

 

I've put them on my 'trophy jacket' and I admit to having used Velcro on my Trained strip so I can swap it for an 'Over-Trained' strip when I did training classes once or twice. It was pretty much a private joke since no one seemed to notice!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They are for real. We have not a few VietNamese troops in our area where French and VietNamese are spoken in the homes. When you read the requirements for an Interpreter's strip, no, it is not a joke. Those youngesters wear them with pride.

 

One the other hand . . . Our TCC is constantly in England on business. With George Benard Shaw remarking that the British and the Americans are two people separated by a common language, . . . He was presented his English Interpreter Strip and wears is proudly.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"Wear it on one's spoof shirt? "

 

Yes.

 

Don't laugh. I someone at NOAC that had a scout uniform of nothing but spoof patches on it (spoof knots, csp, office patches, etc). Didn't know if I should laugh or puke.

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Emb021-

 

I've seen a lot of 'spoof' shirts of one type or another at various places- and I think it is great... as long as they wearer knows what in the heck they are doing.

 

I've seen them worn at things like Philmont Training Center, Pow-Wow, roundtables, and even training sessions.

 

One guy wears a shirt as wrong as can be- whole row of CSPs sewn on in a big roll-up bundle on one sleeve, every Quality Unit award for a decade... and he wears it into training, 'coincidentally' just as the uniform segment starts.

 

Lots of people I've met at Roundtable wear one or two- our RTs are pretty relaxed, almost crackerbarrel-ish- and it is just fun- since you also are pretty sure the same people do not wear them to unit meetings, etc.!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Queen's English, American Standard English, Ebonics, Tex-Mex?

 

 

I'm sure there are others.

 

 

This is a funny thread. I'd consider putting "English" on my uniform, although I also like the idea of using velcro and being able to switch in Klingon, Computerese and others for the sake of variety.

 

 

 

Seattle Pioneer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...