OK, today's subject: Dumb Swede. This is a term coined in America. I think I know how this got started, but I was interested in finding out what Google had to say about it. So I entered those two words, dumb Swede, and immediately the page filled with results. There were actually 1,910,000 results. Oh boy, that didn't make me feel any smarter. I thought the term was no longer in use, how dumb of me. Here are some of the results:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2Q9-a89of0Sep 10, 2008 - 1 min - Uploaded by ottosweden
eurovision 2008 sweden- dumb blondeby abelilan 3744 views · Thumbnail 2:54. Add to. Swedesby johbe08 ...
I looked up a couple and they were kind of funny, but didn't tell me anything about how this originated.
I believe that Swedish immigrants came here carrying many of these traits:
- A fondness for liquor
To me this is all in good fun, but I have read that a lot of resentment built up in the old communities in this country over the term dumb Swede.
I also must confess to recognizing a lot of the dumb Swede in myself. Many times did I waste the University's money, my salary, looking for perfection in my budgeting or technical writing work. Sometimes, you have to let go of your perfectionism and that must have been difficult for the old-timers back then.
Finally, here's a joke that's popular in Norway, a country that we have a long history with:
Who's smarter than a smart Swede? ~~ A dumb Norwegian.
So, as you can see, even they jokes are pretty dumb sometimes. Have a great day!