Shock horror story in the Scottish Sun
Apparently some excitable British tourist has found a bin of cycle or light motorcycle helmets in a shop in Turkey which were labelled
Siyah nazi kalkı
which apparently translates as "Black Nazi helmets". Said tourist
decides to get his name into the paper
has a conniption fit of righteous outrage, as does the Currant Bun
, the noo. Now, I no speaka de Turkish, but that didn't stop me from doing a quick Google
from the results of which I gain the definite impression that nazi kalk
is just a Turkish colloquialism for this kind of light helmet, based on its shape and with no negative historical resonance. Ultimate owners of the Turkish shop, our very own Tesco, have donned their corporate jackboots and had the sign removed, doubtless to the puzzlement of the locals.
I wonder how the Grauniad
would deal with this. Would their righteous disgust win out in the struggle with their desperate concern not to trample on the cultural sensitivities of a non-European, and hence victim, people. Tricky.