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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:21 am 
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Every now and then you come up with a phrase or word in one language that sounds utterly ridiculous in another. Unconsciously as conlangers we may try to avoid these (I'm sure everyone has giggled at least once at the frequency and inbocuousness of "shit" in Japanese) but a few generally still get through. So! What've you found?

Lilitika has one I'm fairly proud of—"Sofil dhí?" means "Will we fuck?" but sounds almost identical to "so filthy." I also ended up with the verb "natzé," meaning "to disturb nature."

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 Post subject: Re: Bilingual puns!
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In Ahu, the word for the god of a monotheistic religion is fak.

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 Post subject: Re: Bilingual puns!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:10 am 
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This is claimed to be a misprint by ticketing system, but I suspect it's a photoshop:



Titit means peepee in Indonesian.


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 Post subject: Re: Bilingual puns!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:18 am 
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In Himmaswa, Eep men dark bio steak soy choo! means "You soon ought to successfully establish a torch in the public lagoon!" Am I stretching it here? Not really a pun I guess, just a bunch of English-looking words.


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 Post subject: Re: Bilingual puns!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:23 am 
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I thought you'd start about jokes that only work using two different languages:

Two people from Nijmegen stay in an English B&B and wonder what they get for breakfast. One of them goes to ask about this, and upon returning asks: Do you know what they said what we'd get for breakfast? hæmənɛks
hæmənɛks ~ 'ham and eggs' in English, but 'nothing at all' in the Nijmegen dialect of Dutch. (note that Dutch people generally don't percieve the voiced/voiceless distinction in codas.)

An Englishman is driving through the Groningen province in the Netherlands. At one point he looses control over his car, and hits a chicken coop. An agitated farmer appears, and the Englishman tries to calm him: kiːp kwaiət, kiːp kwaiət. To which the farmer responds: kɪp kʋait, kɪp kʋait, bɪn ʋɛl tin kipm̩ kʋait (lost a chicken? lost a chicken? I lost at least ten of them). (At least to a speaker of standard Dutch with enough understanding of this dialect, these two sound similar enough for the joke to work)

If you know both languages, and the narrator does well, these can be really funny.

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 Post subject: Re: Bilingual puns!
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 Post subject: Re: Bilingual puns!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:41 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Bilingual puns!
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 Post subject: Re: Bilingual puns!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:55 am 
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Not really a pun, but there was a bilingual billboard for a new McDonald's berry-flavored smoothie in my old neighborhood that said "berry rico," which you wouldn't understand if you weren't bilingual (at least to some extent). There are quite a few bilingual ads around LA; I should try to make a note of others.


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 Post subject: Re: Bilingual puns!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:27 pm 
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The word for 'run' in Nahakhontl is zum.

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Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh. Ônal zeh.


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 Post subject: Re: Bilingual puns!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:43 pm 
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Pronounced similarly to "Please" (Más é do thoil é).

The infamous school French joke of the French and English cats called, "Un deux trois" and "One two three" respectively who have a swimming race. The English cat wins, because Un Deux Trois Cat Sank.


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There's a clothing store in Southern Ontario called "Jean Machine" but this means "hives" (the skin rash) in Japanese (蕁麻疹 jinmashin).


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