Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Hilarious Video, or the Difficulties of Translating Humor

Humor is notoriously hard to translate. In fact, I would say that [ALERT: unproven assertion] humor is the only aspect of language that gives any credibility whatsoever to the idea of untranslatability. For an illustration of why, watch this sidesplitting video--but ONLY if you are very familiar with the English language, as well as somewhat familiar with Buddhism and American- or Australian-style pizza and pizza restaurants. Otherwise, you will be as lost as the Dalai Lama.

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