English translation: GE cracks down on illicit appliance sales in Miami
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19:12 Dec 15, 2003
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase:Use English please
A Tangled Tale of GE, Appliance Smuggling And Laundered Money
Firm Gets Tough on Deals In Miami Area, Prodded By a Gadfly in Colombia
What is the meaning of fridge and Gadfly. Please also explain the whole thing.
Explanation: Both of the answers above were correct, as far as they went - however, when one reads "money laundering" (play on words again; buying/selling washing machines, e.g., to legitimize drug money) and "Colombian gadfly", the "Fridge connection" to the drug industry seems obvious. Perhaps the gadfly in this case is the more serious one of persistent drug trafficking.
Explanation: "What is a Gadfly anyway?
We like to think it's someone (or a company, in our case) that "stirs the pot" -- bristles at the status quo, bucks the norm, etc. And in the record industry, there's a lot to work with."
1. A persistent irritating critic; a nuisance.
2. One that acts as a provocative stimulus; a goad.
3. Any of various flies, especially of the family Tabanidae, that bite or annoy livestock and other animals.
This entire thing is about wordplay. "Fridge Connection" may refer to the film "French Connection". Somebody seems to smuggle refridgerators. GE means "General Electric", a huge US company dealing in anything remotely connected to a socket.