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Unfortunately, climate is not a language, it is a dialect in many tongues.

Ask Mr Slingo.........It is the art of the cunning linguist!

Jan 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

Very funny!

Charles Berlitz phrases from sceptical climatics for travelers.

My windmill has bankrupted the nation.
The red button of my aunt is on the table.
Can you please direct me to the Met Office, I wish to issue a complaint.

Jan 4, 2011 at 9:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

Nice one Josh, but it was ZT brought me to tears..

Jan 4, 2011 at 9:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrosty

Frosty, I agree, v funny zt, I can see a whole phrase book in the offing.

Jan 4, 2011 at 9:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

My windmill has been struck by lightning.
My Postillion requests a subsidy.

Jan 4, 2011 at 9:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterJeff Wood

Doctor. My climate proxy keeps shrinking every time I check. Is the Ice Age coming or am I in trouble?

Jan 4, 2011 at 10:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

"My hovercraft is full of eels. Is the warming of global to be blamed?"

Jan 4, 2011 at 10:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterDave Bob

"Your turbine rotations have minced my canary".

Jan 4, 2011 at 11:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterPeter S

LMFAO. Very good Sir!

Jan 5, 2011 at 12:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterFarleyR

Excellent, Josh ... and so inspiring ...

"A thick brown cloud hovered over a hazy bog"

"Now is the time for all climatologists to come to the aid of the hockey stick"

Jan 5, 2011 at 1:39 AM | Unregistered Commenterhro001

Definitely inspiring stuff from Josh.

Has there been a gentle sitcom based on the Met Office in the UK yet? Seems to have all the necessary elements (hair brained eccentrics, national calamities, unerring ability to conjure absurdity from the mundane, politics, familiar subject matter to all viewers, stupendous bonuses, a computer the size of Norwich). A first draft script could probably be obtained by concatenating forecasts and the corresponding actual weather reports for any given time period.

Jan 5, 2011 at 6:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterZT

"The wind does not blow my generation"

Jan 5, 2011 at 8:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterFrosty

Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by the Met Office computer

With apologies to Shakespeare.

Jan 5, 2011 at 10:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Phillip, that is just wonderful!

Jan 5, 2011 at 4:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

Josh has pointed the way to a new subject for our school science and geography (and goodness knows what other subjects) departments burdened with the party line on climate. I can't find a name yet, but something like 'ClimateSpeak Studies' might do. The less able pupils would only do ClimateSpeak, since any distraction would reduce their already low chances of passing exams. But the best pupils will also be able to enjoy proper studies, learning about real science, and, for example, the wondrous complexity of the climate system. They would also do the ClimateSpeak stuff for the mundane chore of passing exams. Their joy, their delight in pursuing truth and insight, their sense of intellectual freedom and power, would come from their proper studies. They would, en passant, develop a deep contempt for government control of curricula. But I grow heavy, and this thread is good and light. And very funny. Thanks Josh! Thanks Bish!

Jan 5, 2011 at 6:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Shade

..... most recently, we helped NASA find the lost city of Cobija, Bolivia

.... we observed that the rain in Maine fell mainly in the Seine

.... Apparently the drought was caused when a discombobulation of the ENSO Modoki teleconnection transmogrified the rainfall into a distillation of the Johnny Walker spirulation at the convention center on Hayman Island during the post-positive phase of Pacific decadal osculation.

There are so many of them. School reports are already showing the effect.

Jan 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterGeoff Sherrington

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