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Old 11-11-2010, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bad Translator!

I found this cool web app that lets you drop in a phrase and it will automagically translate back and forth between English and foreign languages up to 56 times. What will happen is it will spit out what's left over after things get lost in translation.

Bad Translator! Funny Free Translation Tool

Sometimes you get hilarious results. Post yours here. Be sure to include the original phrase and the number of times it was translated.


I started with the first line from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
I translated it 56 times to get:
There will be 22, but I am happy all the time.

Um, what?
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."

...20 translations later we get:

"Start a creative space. Many people find it very angry and very well in important changes."
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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translated 50 times:

Forum for the exchange of the project: Philosophy and Urban Development in Indonesia
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Knowing that death is certain and that the time of death is uncertain, what's the most important thing?
—Bhikkhuni Pema Chödrön

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
—From "Burnt Norton," Four Quartets (1936), T. S. Eliot
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is fun.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

= (5o translations later)

Loaded, four officers and seven continents, including the U.S. commitment to provide a new vision.

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Old 11-11-2010, 02:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Never make someone a priority in your life when you are just an option in theirs. Author Unknown (at least to me)

50 Translations later.

More and more people a chance to smile today.
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Old 11-11-2010, 03:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Being uncreative, I also went with classic literature. From Richard III:

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by the Duke of York;
And all the clouds that lower'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

Which after 56 translations gives us:

"Confusion, the crew of York in the winter summer, the kind and lover'd."

I like it. It's succinct.
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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"excuses are the tools of incompetence that build monuments of nothing."

...40 translations later we get:

"The reason for the building."
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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"Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred."

After 40 translations becomes:

"The European Union and the valley of death, while the other half of the Union, said: 06:30"
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:04 AM   #9 (permalink)
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"Put that coffee down! Coffee's for closers only. Do you think I'm fucking with you? I am not fucking with you. I'm here from downtown. I'm here from Mitch and Murray. And I'm here on a mission of mercy."

...40 translations later we get:

"Think about the coffee! Café will be closed. I do not think, you know? This is not funny. I was home. Lee, Mickey died. This will work."

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"goddamn fuck shit cunt wank asshole motherfucker "

...10 translations later we get:

"One by one goddamn fucking masturbation cat dog droppings"

and THAT's going to be my new signature
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Old 11-13-2010, 12:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
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"that he wold graunten hem a certeyn day of his spousail, as soone as ever he may;for yit alway the peple som what dredde lest that the marquys wolde no wyf wedde"

...10 translations later we get:

"He refused to certeyn as before, graunten spousail species today, This May be because many peple Duraid is asking the company not to sign a wage marquys"
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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In honor of Veteran's Day, the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918: "The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month."

Twenty translations later: "It was the end of the century, atheist atheists ten months."
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:56 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Blaw haw. I love these things.

First I put in this: "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"

And got this: "How many of you May woodchuck woodchuck woodchuck wood if you can eat?"

Then I remembered how the phrase actually goes: "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"

"Would" instead of "could," and I get this mess:

"It can be like pulling the core woodchuck wood a woodchuck?"

ONE LETTER CHANGED THE WHOLE WORLD.
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