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29th Jan '16 1:36:08 PM Allronix
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* PlayedForLaughs constantly with hapless Protocol droids and translators in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic,'' doubly so if they're translating for Hutts. Huttese is second only to Galactic Basic as a "default" language, and all of the {{PlayerCharacter}}s are perfectly able to understand it, but there are still situations where the Hutt will declare something like ''"Winner gets to eat my translator!"'' and the hapless translator has to spin it "Uh..may the winners feast on victory!"
26th Dec '15 7:21:06 AM darksoul4242
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-->'''translation:''' I'm glad you like it.
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-->'''translation:''' -->'''Translation:''' I'm glad you like it.
13th Dec '15 4:15:06 PM nombretomado
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* Comes up in the XWingSeries. Wedge Antilles flies the fake ''Falcon'', ''Millenium Falsehood'' with Chewbacca as copilot, but since he doesn't understand the Wookiee, he brings along a translator droid. Chewbacca knows Basic and takes offense to Squeaky not translating the more colorful elements of his speech.
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* Comes up in the XWingSeries.Literature/XWingSeries. Wedge Antilles flies the fake ''Falcon'', ''Millenium Falsehood'' with Chewbacca as copilot, but since he doesn't understand the Wookiee, he brings along a translator droid. Chewbacca knows Basic and takes offense to Squeaky not translating the more colorful elements of his speech.
28th Nov '15 5:57:36 PM nombretomado
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* Hilariously inverted in ''SecretSix''. One of their members has infiltrated a cult while the others are standing by and communicating by radio. Alice gets found out, and Jeannette wants to go in to save her. Bane refuses, since acting too early would compromise their mission.
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* Hilariously inverted in ''SecretSix''.''ComicBook/SecretSix''. One of their members has infiltrated a cult while the others are standing by and communicating by radio. Alice gets found out, and Jeannette wants to go in to save her. Bane refuses, since acting too early would compromise their mission.
21st Nov '15 10:44:32 PM nombretomado
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* This was the original purpose of Honey Huan in ''{{Doonesbury}}''. When Duke Harris was the American ambassador to China, she was assigned as his translator and "softened" most of his speeches into something more diplomatic. She sometimes did this while translating Chinese officials to him as well.
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* This was the original purpose of Honey Huan in ''{{Doonesbury}}''.''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}''. When Duke Harris was the American ambassador to China, she was assigned as his translator and "softened" most of his speeches into something more diplomatic. She sometimes did this while translating Chinese officials to him as well.
21st Nov '15 8:40:38 AM nombretomado
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* In one ''BloomCounty'' strip, Steve Dallas dictates a letter to a deadbeat (and evidently quite violent) client who has yet to pay his legal fees. Opus, who's taking the dictation, changes it from a profanity-laced tirade to a gentle reminder.
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* In one ''BloomCounty'' ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strip, Steve Dallas dictates a letter to a deadbeat (and evidently quite violent) client who has yet to pay his legal fees. Opus, who's taking the dictation, changes it from a profanity-laced tirade to a gentle reminder.
13th Nov '15 10:56:19 AM Willbyr
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* In the ''KatawaShoujo'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WeekendAtHisaos'', Hisao ends up doing this for his deaf girlfriend Shizune in a meeting with his old friends when the conversation turns to their respective Student Councils. Statements in brackets are in sign language.
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* In the ''KatawaShoujo'' ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WeekendAtHisaos'', Hisao ends up doing this for his deaf girlfriend Shizune in a meeting with his old friends when the conversation turns to their respective Student Councils. Statements in brackets are in sign language.
17th Aug '15 12:28:33 PM Gess
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* A professional interpreter joke features and inversion: "Two world leaders were having a jovial and warmhearted conversation... until their interpreter arrived."
17th Aug '15 12:24:09 PM Gess
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* It's the boss' birthday, and the staff are struggling for some kind words to put on his birthday card. Then the IT-guy enters and they ask him for a concise, comprehensive description of heir boss.
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* It's the boss' birthday, and the staff are struggling for some kind words to put on his birthday card. Then the IT-guy enters and they ask him for a concise, comprehensive description of heir the boss.

-->"That's great! We'll put it this way: a man of exceptional intellect, who knows his worth and cares about all his employees."
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-->"That's great! We'll put it this way: a man of exceptional rare intellect, who knows his worth and cares about all his employees."
8th Aug '15 10:32:58 PM Adept
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* In WenSpencer's ''{{Literature/Tinker}}'', inverted -- an elf informs a man, in Low Elvish, that two children are under the protection of the Wolf Who Rules. The man asks what it means. A woman tells him that it means hands off the kids, or I'll break your face. Which is, indeed, what it ''means''.
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* In WenSpencer's Creator/WenSpencer's ''{{Literature/Tinker}}'', inverted -- an elf informs a man, in Low Elvish, that two children are under the protection of the Wolf Who Rules. The man asks what it means. A woman tells him that it means hands off the kids, or I'll break your face. Which is, indeed, what it ''means''.
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