Friday, August 07, 2009

Bad Translations

Trying to keep myself up a little later so I get a bit more accommodated to Pacific Standard Time, I found a translation site that lets you type in an English phrase, and then it translates it into Japanese.

And then back to English, and Japanese, and English, and Japanese, and so on.

I'll list ten that I ran through the matrix and then list what the original was. See if you can guess before you read it.


1. Death and taxes is certainly nothing.
2. One, keep all the eggs.
3. Cold food is the best revenge.
4. In other words, it is impossible to attain all.
5. It is my pleasure to receive some personal information theft.
6. Farewell to a fool and his money.
7. Stupid angels fear to walk again.
8. Republicans. Two are in all aspects of the problem.
9. Zero growth is fonder.
10. The right one is not illegal.


1. Nothing is certain but death and taxes.
2. Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
3. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
4. You can't win them all.
5. There is no honor among thieves.
6. A fool and his money are soon parted.
7. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
8. There are two sides to every question.
9. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
10. Two wrongs don't make a right.



Two more days at my convention here in Vegas and then a full day of travel on Sunday.

I'll see you on Monday. Back in your Inbox.



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