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25th Feb '17 3:42:48 PM nombretomado
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* EddieIzzard once did an [[BilingualBonus entire gig in French]], including a hilarious bit about the French word for "transvestite" being "''travestie''", and how In My Language That Sounds Like "travesty" (''catastrophe'').

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* EddieIzzard Creator/EddieIzzard once did an [[BilingualBonus entire gig in French]], including a hilarious bit about the French word for "transvestite" being "''travestie''", and how In My Language That Sounds Like "travesty" (''catastrophe'').
22nd Feb '17 2:59:42 PM Gtal
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* The English word "vixen" sounds like "wichsen", the German word for "to masturbate".

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* The English word "vixen" sounds like "wichsen", the German word for "to masturbate". Although this is somewhat reciprocated in the English word "fox," this word in German being "(der) Fuchs" and is pronounced similarly to the English "fucks."
20th Feb '17 5:07:32 PM nombretomado
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* The [[BritishNewspapers British newspaper]] ''Metro'' features a daily sudoku puzzle with the title "Metroku". A bilingual reader wrote to the letters page and pointed out that, in French, this sounds exactly like "mettre au cul", or "shove it up the arse".

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* The [[BritishNewspapers British newspaper]] UsefulNotes/{{British newspaper|s}} ''Metro'' features a daily sudoku puzzle with the title "Metroku". A bilingual reader wrote to the letters page and pointed out that, in French, this sounds exactly like "mettre au cul", or "shove it up the arse".
25th Jan '17 8:36:10 PM mathjazz
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** This is actually due to an error in American Newspapers around the year 1910. Numbers on the order of 10^9 were uncommon in daily use, but governmental budgets were approaching this number. Mathematically illiterate newspaper authors incorrectly called 10^9 one billion, instead of the English term one milliard. It took about 40 years for Britain to switch to what is now called the short billion system, where 10^9 is a billion and 10^12 is a trillion, but before Americans messed up, English speakers in both countries used what is now called the long billion system, where 10^9 is a milliard, 10^12 is a billion, 10^15 is a billiard, and so on.
16th Jan '17 2:50:04 PM rjd1922
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* In ''Literature/The39Clues'', Amy hastily tells Nellie to get them rooms for the night at a seedy-looking hotel called the "Maison des Gardons," which she assumes means "House of Gardens." Later they find out the hard way that "gardons" means "roaches".
9th Jan '17 5:09:43 PM Morgenthaler
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** Not quite: "Franco" does mean "free" (a literary/seldom used word for it), and "foda" does mean "fuck", but it makes no particular sense grammatically. Still amusing though. Just like the similarly unfortunately named bass player for {{Stratovarius}}, Lauri Porra (Lauri Cum).

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** Not quite: "Franco" does mean "free" (a literary/seldom used word for it), and "foda" does mean "fuck", but it makes no particular sense grammatically. Still amusing though. Just like the similarly unfortunately named bass player for {{Stratovarius}}, Music/{{Stratovarius}}, Lauri Porra (Lauri Cum).
6th Jan '17 7:10:02 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The videogame company Sega sounds inherently funny to Italians. Why? "Sega" means "wank" in Italian. To be fair, it also means "handsaw", [[FreudWasRight but that's clearly not the first meaning that comes to mind...]]

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* The videogame company Sega sounds inherently funny to Italians. Why? "Sega" means "wank" in Italian. To be fair, it also means "handsaw", [[FreudWasRight but that's clearly not the first meaning that comes to mind...]]
1st Jan '17 2:08:10 PM DoubleXXCross
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** The English dub also pulls one on occasion for [[Woolseyism]]'s sake; Yuya's Synchro Dimension counterpart is called Yugo, which sounds a lot like ''yuugou'' (Fusion), leading to Yugo being confused for a Fusion Dimension soldier. Though the English version preserves the mistake of Yugo being seen as the 'Pawn of Fusion', it can't make the pronunciation joke, so it instead has characters mishear his name as "you go!".

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** The English dub also pulls one on occasion for [[Woolseyism]]'s {{Woolseyism}}'s sake; Yuya's Synchro Dimension counterpart is called Yugo, which sounds a lot like ''yuugou'' (Fusion), leading to Yugo being confused for a Fusion Dimension soldier. Though the English version preserves the mistake of Yugo being seen as the 'Pawn of Fusion', it can't make the pronunciation joke, so it instead has characters mishear his name as "you go!".
1st Jan '17 2:07:06 PM DoubleXXCross
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** The English dub also pulls one on occasion for [[Woolseyism]]'s sake; Yuya's Synchro Dimension counterpart is called Yugo, which sounds a lot like ''yuugou'' (Fusion), leading to Yugo being confused for a Fusion Dimension soldier. Though the English version preserves the mistake of Yugo being seen as the 'Pawn of Fusion', it can't make the pronunciation joke, so it instead has characters mishear his name as "you go!".
6th Dec '16 8:29:50 PM agoodcupoftea
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**Japanese versus Chinese. The antiquated name for China, taken from English's predilection for renaming everyone not European, Shina is written 支那。If you speak Chinese, that is pronounced differently and means "discrimination," which Japan was using this term when they thought it would be a good idea to join England and France in pillaging and conquering. And there was absolutely a lot of discrimination from conquerors toward the actual people of China, to say the least.


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*American collectible maker [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Funko]] seems utterly clueless in the fact that in the language they wish they could speak, "fun" and "unko" both mean "poop," making them either "Poop-ko" or "F-poop."
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