Google Translation
( published 29th April 2004 )

Hi All,

Google has always been one of my favourite tools since I use the internet. Over the years it has come with more and more options to help your daily life. One of their features, Language Tools, is really handy for those who want to be reminded how to order bread in a German shop, or how to shout "Wanker" to a French driver ( "branleur" ). But then again it can be a trap. Imagine the situation of this French Casanova, who wants to ask an English girl if she wants to sleep with him, but doesn't know how to say it in English. He goes to Google Language tools, and enters the sentence "Veux-tu baiser avec moi?" , and the English translation will come as: "Do you want to kiss with me?" Errrrr, from here you can imagine all kinds of possible Feydeau style consequences of such a "quiproquo". Hehehe...

Have a nice day

At the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacked a witness.
"Isn't it true", he bellowed, "that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?" the lawyer repeated.
The witness still did not respond.
Finally, the judge leaned over and said, "sir please answer the question".
"Oh", the startled witness said, "I thought he was talking to you!"

© Alex Alexandrino 2000-2004