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babelfished sayings

#1 Postby para handy » December 13th, 2007, 12:03 pm

Does everyone know this site?

http://babelfish.altavista.com

Here are three English sayings that I translated into another language using the babelfish translator and then used the same translator to translate them back into English.

A prize for the person who guesses what the original sayings are:


a stone of bearing does not collect any foam


it improves late from that never


it is latte turned upside down use surplus cring

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#2 Postby Nick » December 13th, 2007, 12:53 pm

:laughter:

I've got the first 2, but I'm stumped by the third for now :puzzled:

What's the prize? :grin:

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#3 Postby para handy » December 13th, 2007, 2:49 pm

OK, the answers to the first three:

1. A rolling stone gathers no moss.

2. Better late than never

3. It's no use crying over spilt milk.


Here are three more:


The feeding in more is hung for one sheep like lamb

It does not cross its bridges before you it starts to them

Outside of it stews and in the fire

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#4 Postby Jem » December 13th, 2007, 7:05 pm

Might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb

Don't cross your bridges until you get to them

Out of the frying pan and into the fire


So what's my prize, Andy?

In the meantime, here are a few more:


Two aspects of the same currency

It stops in a currency of a cent, inside for a pound

It does not measure his chickens before they are woven

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#5 Postby Fia » December 13th, 2007, 10:03 pm

My guesses:

Heads or tails

In for a penny, in for a pound

Don't count your chickens before they are hatched

What a fabulously named site - when Douglas Adams's HHGTTG hit the airwaves I so wanted a babel fish...

It didn't translate with humour, so I share my favourite saying anyway:
There's no such thing as bad weather, merely the wrong clothes.

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#6 Postby Bryn » December 13th, 2007, 10:21 pm

Desmond wrote:It didn't translate with humour, so I share my favourite saying anyway:
There's no such thing as bad weather, merely the wrong clothes.


Your favourite saying translated from English to French (Il n'y a aucune une telle chose comme le mauvais survivent à, simplement les vêtements de mal) then back to English:

"There is a no such thing as the bad one survives, simply clothing of evil."

You think that's not humorous?


:grin:

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#7 Postby Fia » December 13th, 2007, 10:29 pm

It's fabulous Bryn, thank you - will probably start saying that tomorrow :)

There's so many options I chose non European languages in my search for humour. Clearly it can be found closer to home.

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#8 Postby penguin » December 13th, 2007, 10:52 pm

That translator is dumb.

I entered:

This site is the dog's bollocks and I love everyone who posts here

and translated it into Greek which gives Αυτή η περιοχή είναι οι όρχεις του σκυλιού και αγαπώ του καθενός που τοποθετεί εδώ

and back to English:

This region they are the testicles of dog and I love each one that it places here




:puzzled:
:penguin:

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#9 Postby Curtains » December 14th, 2007, 11:18 am

:pointlaugh:


OK, guess this one:

To go courageous where no man went front

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#10 Postby Nick » December 14th, 2007, 11:27 am

"To boldly go where no man went before......."




OK try this one, which would have me stumped if I didn't know


The survival or destroys


:shrug:

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#11 Postby Alan C. » December 14th, 2007, 12:24 pm

^Survival of the fittest?
Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers.

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#12 Postby Nick » December 14th, 2007, 2:14 pm

Good guess Alan, but no. I'll give you a clue: It's a famous line from Shakespeare. :)

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#13 Postby Alan C. » December 14th, 2007, 8:50 pm

Make do and mend?
Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers.

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#14 Postby Jem » December 14th, 2007, 9:04 pm

Desmond wrote:My guesses:

Heads or tails

In for a penny, in for a pound

Don't count your chickens before they are hatched


Good try but I can only give half a mark for the first one. It was actually 'two sides of the same coin'. The other two were correct so I'll give you the prize.


Here it is:

:kiss:

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#15 Postby Jem » December 14th, 2007, 9:04 pm

Nick wrote:

OK try this one, which would have me stumped if I didn't know


The survival or destroys


:shrug:



The be-all and end-all?

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#16 Postby Fia » December 14th, 2007, 10:00 pm

Aw shucks Jem. I would like to thank my family, my english teacher, and my apparent ability to procrastinate doing real work :sad:

Is Nick's:
To be or not to be?

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#17 Postby Noggin » December 14th, 2007, 11:19 pm

Alan C. wrote:Make do and mend?


Which Shakespeare play does this come from?


Here's another famous line from Shakespeare:

They come of the three of we of that of when a contact still
It is the still and silent sea that drowns a man. -- Old Norse Proverb

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#18 Postby Nick » December 14th, 2007, 11:58 pm

Jem wrote:
Nick wrote:OK try this one, which would have me stumped if I didn't know
The survival or destroys
:shrug:

The be-all and end-all?


I actually like that better than the right answer :grin:

Desmond got it right. Well done Des. :thumbsup:


As for Noggins line, I'm getting a whiff of Macbeth and witches....

Anywhere near?

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#19 Postby Noggin » December 15th, 2007, 10:09 pm

Yes - you got it, Nick.

How about this English saying:

Pudding testing find in the food
It is the still and silent sea that drowns a man. -- Old Norse Proverb

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#20 Postby Zeston » December 17th, 2007, 4:43 am

Noggin wrote:How about this English saying:

Pudding testing find in the food


The proof is in the pudding. :wink:


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