« Bishop's "The Campus" goes onlineWireless data pricing can be steep »

Translation weirdities

08/18/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Potpourri

While on Arcnet, a IRC-compatible channel populated by former Amigans, I made a slightly disparaging comment about wiener schnitzel. One of the resident German speakers responded with the word:


My German's a bit weak so I popped that into Babelfish. It translated it as "ass-play the violin". I know that sometimes concepts fail to translate between languages and cultures, but if Altavista's done that correctly, it's a very odd insult.


1 comment

Comment from: dena [Member]  


I did some more searching on this and got references to “ass fiddle” and “ass violin"…

I think this is current German slang, and the best reference/explanation I found so far was at this blog:


Looks to me like you ticked this particular German off… ;)

Nothing quite like meticulously direct and literal translations, are there? :D

08/19/07 @ 08:11
November 2023
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
 << <   > >>
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30    
"Ready, Aye, Ready" was a slogan used by Canadian politicians to indicate Canada's willingness to assist the British Empire in any conflict. It remains in use as a motto for some of the Canadian military. It has almost nothing to do with the content of this blog.


  XML Feeds

blogging software