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#15732 - 01/16/01 10:17 PM Is dentist in? huh?  
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Call me slow, but I have no idea what Anu is referring to in the cryptic introduction of his banner ad for AWADchat, that appears on AWADtalk today, namely:

Is dentist in for no today?

The ad continues:
Yes! Join us Jan 16, 8-9 PM EST U.S. (Jan 17, 1-2 AM GMT), for an online chat with Robert Hollander and Jean Hollander, translators of Dante's Inferno.

My first thought was that the chat session was scheduled for dentist's time, 2.30 ("tooth hurtie"), but that wasn't it.

Perhaps an example of a(n infamous) failed translation?

Enlighten me please, someone.

(Oh, and hope you can make the chat - unfortunately there's something about my computer and/or network internet/proxy server setup that prevents me logging in to the chats.)


#15733 - 01/16/01 10:20 PM Re: Is dentist in? huh?  
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Methinks it's a hellish PUNishment Is dentist in for no today? may well be a play on Is Dante's inferno today? Maybe a a little example of the hazards of translation. I can well imagine the online "translation" services mangling it thus.


#15734 - 01/16/01 10:21 PM Re: Is dentist in? huh?  
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Oh, I am slow - I get it now. "Dentist in for no" is a play on "Dantes Inferno."

Back to sleep, Marty.

(added later) ... a near-simultaneous posting with Max Q's, which hadn't appeared, just in case you thought I was REALLY slow.


#15735 - 01/17/01 01:38 AM Re: Is dentist in? huh?  
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G-R-O-A-N...Move over, Marty.
Max, you take the throne as genius-in-residence.[smacking forehead emoticon]


#15736 - 01/17/01 01:45 AM Re: Is dentist in? huh?  
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Yeah. I also figure it's a bad pun to indicate bad translations. Pity the chat was probably too late for emanuela to join. And I tried, but there's some applet thingie that didn't work (???)


#15737 - 01/17/01 03:20 AM Re: Is dentist in? huh?  
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I know of someone who couldn't get on at all, and I was only able to on my second try. I wondered why no other
board people were there.

Anu, you've put me on alert, now: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." I'll be watching,
next time.


#15738 - 01/17/01 05:01 PM I figure it's a bad pun  
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Excuse me, ma'am, but them's fightin' words. No such thing exists in any language known to woman (AND man)!



TEd
#15739 - 01/17/01 08:05 PM Re: I figure it's a bad pun  
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"I hope for every pun I shed
I'll be severely punished;
Thence speed I to some puny shed
In which to rest my punished 'ed."
Anon.





#15740 - 01/17/01 10:45 PM Upun my word...  
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TEd, you are of course absolutely right. mea culpa, etc.


#15741 - 01/18/01 05:49 PM Re: Is dentist in? huh?  
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some applet thingie that didn't work

Now you notice! Why not C if a PC please 'ee?


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