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Template:AfDM Trondheim Hammer Dance was originally a spoken-word description of an imaginary Norwegian dance. It appeared as part of the sketch, "Pleasures of the Dance", which appears on Another Monty Python Record.

"Zees vos zer Trondheim Hammer Donce, vich ees herrd every tventy-five minutes in the town of Trondheim, in vich zee old ladies are struck around zer head veeth round stick, or KNURTEL."

The phrase "Trondheim Hammer Dance" is now in common use to describe a bureaucratic trick in which the real reason for something is disguised as a cultural priority. For example, some local councils in the United Kingdom ban council spending on Christmas decorations to save money (the emic reason), while citing possible offence to other cultures (the etic reason).


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