Alan McKendree amck at
Wed Nov 24 23:32:13 CST 2004

> Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 17:54:40 -0500
> From: Sroundtable at
> NOT A CHANCE.  The U2 album is getting more promotion via those 
> I-Pod/I-tunes commercials than any album I have ever seen in my life.  
> Those spots are saturating the airwaves.  I have grown to hate them.  
> And what is with Bono going, "Uno, dos, tres, cattorce (sp?)"?  One, 
> two, three, fourteen?  What the hell is that?  Nonsensical, I say.

At first, I thought it was Italian for "four", and I hated it -- not 
least because on the iPod commercial when Bono says "catorce" he waves 
his hand in a circle in front of his face, which seems to be the 
universal signal for "I'm now speaking Italian".  But then I found out 
it's Spanish for "fourteen", and while I'm still not crazy about the 
hand-waving thing, I feel better about the whole sequence.  To me it's 
going against the expectation of "uno, dos, tres, cuatro" meaning 
"look, I'm so cool I can speak directly to my Hispanic brothers in 
their language".  Instead, he throws even his Hispanic brothers a curve 
by counting "1, 2, 3, 14" so they too can think "WTF?" along with 
everyone else who's run into postmodernism.  Or maybe I think about 
these things too much.

> Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 17:59:55 EST
> From: JOELTLE515 at
> and what's wrong with bono
> saying "unos, dos, tres, cattorce?" what about "one, two three's 
> quatro" on
> "wooly bully"?

That's "uno, dos, one, two, tres, cuatro" at the start of WB.

Alan McKendree
"the average Texan...carries not just a gun but a SHOTGUN."  --Pete 
Townshend, 1967

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