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Foreign phrase translations

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Foreign phrase translations

The Times readers of the TMS column have been entertained recently by an occasional list of alternative translations for well known foreign phrases.  Knowing the latent wit on this board I'm sure the list can be extended, so here's a few examples as a starter.

 

innuendo  -  an Italian suppository

aperitif     -  French dentures

entente cordiale  - posh squash for glamping

Magnum opus  -  a big Irish cat.

 

The challenge is open.

 

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Re: Foreign phrase translations

Crepe`s Suzette = Creepy Suzanne

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Re: Foreign phrase translations

G'day mate = hello (I think)

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Re: Foreign phrase translations

Poste Restrainte  = mooring post  ( or Hitching rail ).

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Re: Foreign phrase translations

Not foreign but Latin this one Sic transit gloria mundi.....ambulance for Gloria arranged for Monday

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Re: Foreign phrase translations

"Have a nice day".. y`all.... = "Get Stuffed, Plonker"