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Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2001 05:12:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: Sore Bone
Subject: BLAGUES-L: Translation

Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 16:24:11 -0400 
From: Roger Fortin 

Thesaurus Joke 

A truck loaded with thousands of copies of Roget's Thesaurus crashed as 
it left a New York publishing house last Thursday, according to the 
Associated Press. Witnesses were stunned, startled, aghast, taken aback, 
stupefied, confused, punchy, shocked, rattled, paralyzed, dazed, 
bewildered, mixed up, surprised, awed, dumbfounded, nonplused, 
flabbergasted, astounded, amazed, confounded, astonished, boggled, 
overwhelmed, horrified, numbed, and perplexed. 

An Enterprising Translator 

A Mexican bandit made a specialty of crossing the Rio Grande from time 
to time and robbing banks in Texas.  Finally, a reward was offered for 
his capture and an enterprising Texas Ranger decided to track him down. 
After a lengthy search, he traced the bandit to his favourite cantina, 
snuck up behind him, put his trusty six-shooter to the bandit's head, 
and said, "You're under arrest.  Tell me where you hid the loot or I'll 
blow your brains out." But the bandit didn't speak English, and the 
Ranger didn't speak Spanish.  Fortunately, a translator was in the 
saloon and translated the Ranger's message.  The terrified bandit 
blurted out, in Spanish, that the loot was buried under the oak tree in 
back of the cantina.  "What did he say?" asked the Ranger.  The 
translator answered, "He said 'Get lost, Gringo.  You wouldn't dare 
shoot me.'" 

Japanese Business 

A businessman spent three days negotiating a tough deal with a Japanese 
businessman. The third day, things were going well, and he said, "Well, 
I think that at last we're thinking along parallel lines." The next day 
the Japanese businessman didn't show up. He checked the hotel and 
discovered that the businessman had checked out! So he rushed to the 
airport and found the Japanese businessman in the departure waiting 
room.  He said, "Why are you leaving? It took three days, but we're 
finally thinking along parallel lines!" And the Japanese businessman 
nodded, and said, "Yes, yes. I scrutinize my dictionary. Parallel lines 
will never meet. So I go home. 

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