Words & Stuff

Z: A Stone of Stocks Does Not Enter Foam Rubber (Reader Comments and Addenda)

(17 March 1998)

Samuel Goldstein provides another folkloric example of a machine-translated proverb:

English: Out of sight, out of mind.
English->Russian->English: Invisible lunatic.

I'd seen it before (in the same place as the vodka bit -- perhaps a Smullyan book?) but had forgotten it.

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Jed Hartman <logophilia@kith.org>