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Re^10: The Germanic language form

by blazar (Canon)
on Jun 05, 2007 at 10:03 UTC ( #619332=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^9: The Germanic language form
in thread The Germanic language form

I am sure there are many many more opportunites for fun with all three languages. Notwithstanding Monty Python's Hungarian phrase book sketch of course.

Well, there are opportunities for jokes mixing quite about any pair of languages, I suppose. A politically correct example is "I Vitelli Dei Romani Sono Belli" which in Italian reads like "Romans Calves Are Nice" and "Go, Vitellius, To The Sound Of War Of Roman Gods" in Latin. An XXX version involving German is "Kats In Der Kool" (not really sure is written correctly) which should translate in English like "Cat In The Coal", but also sounds like a very gross Italian expression.

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Re^11: The Germanic language form
by Moron (Curate) on Jun 05, 2007 at 11:46 UTC
    Yes that's right - one English/Latin one dating back more than 60 yrs for which I can find no reasonable reference is the fake latin: "Nil desperandum illegitimae carborundum" which is incorrectly but "obviously" translated literally as "Don't let the bastards grind you down." The approximate date of its origin was at a time when military regiments and private schools always had a motto in latin - my father claims it is of ca. 1930s military origin - I wouldn't know myself ;). At my prep school the official motto was "Semper pro bono" which instead of the correct meaning of "always for the good" tended to get translated as - "Eat up your school dinner - even the bones". If you ever ate a school dinner in England in the 1960s you'd understand the problem with that ;(=~~{}{}{}
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