Saturday, August 12, 2006

In Tuition We Trust

This post over at pereiraville got me thinking of a day back in my college years...

I was sitting in the office filling out some form or other when a woman walked up to the desk.

"Is this where I pay my intuition?" she asked.
The administrator blinked. "I'm sorry. What?"
The woman repeated, "Is this where I pay my intuition? Can I pay for my classes here?"
Biting her lip, the administrator replied, "Yes, you can pay for that here."

I also have a dear cousin who seems to hear things a little differently.
She once lovingly told her boyfriend, "Darling, you cease to amaze me!"
And she loved to sing along to that Huey Lewis song which she understood to be titled "I Want a New Truck". She just couldn't figure out why a truck that didn't "cost too much" would "come in a pill"... or make her "feel three feet thick".

Have you heard any good mis-translations lately?


wRitErsbLock said...

ha ha ha!
i'll have to think of a story for you, i'm quite certain i have one or two!

wRitErsbLock said...

about an hour ago:
RTY (my almost 10 year old step-daughter) paused the Tivo (she was watching Feasting on Asphalt, Alton Brown's new show on Food TV) to come watch us feed the fish. Then, while hubby and I continued to watch the fish, RTY said, "I'm going back to watch Feasting on Eggsplat."

I laughed.

Roses said...

Mmmm... eggsplat.

(Love that show, by the way... Alton taught the husband how to make THE most perfect pancakes!)

Mrs_Who said...

Well, not quite a mistranslation, but I taught a student a few years ago who had a speech problem. One morning he came in class with crumbs all over his face. I asked him what he had had for breakfast. He replied with a huge smile, "Big tits!" I'm sure my mouth was dropped open until I realized he meant "Biscuits".

Roses said...

mrs_who: That's too funny! Soooo glad you could translate that one!

Roses said...
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Roses said...

For more misheard lyrics, go to