Random Thoughts From Uncle Dale: Interpreterisms


You know them. You’ve said them. Usually with the same vocal inflection employed by Bob the Tomato when he says, “like butter on a bald monkey.”

Interpreterisms are always best when it is just possible that they are accurate interpretations.

Some of the best I’ve heard:

“It takes a mighty big dog to weigh a ton.” (It was said with such conviction).

(Misunderstanding a local sign for ‘prefer’) “aaaaannnnnd then a squirrel jumped up and bit me on the head?”

“I couldn’t wear the ice cream home or my mother would know I’d been with a boy.”

“It’s a kind of, it’s a thing where, it’s, it’s, it’s a, I don’t know what it is.”

“And then I wondered if I… swallowed the… Er… ate the… soap?”

What are your favorites?

Author: uncledalesrules

These blogs (I have two) began as a series of sayings I use to teach interpreting workshops, and political diatribes on Facebook. They moved from Facebook to this blog site: 1. as a way to remove them from my head (cuts down on the noise in there); and, 2. to give a better home to both my "less serious and satire laden posts" and my "more serious and satire laden posts." I guess it's up to you to decide which is which.

4 thoughts on “Random Thoughts From Uncle Dale: Interpreterisms”

  1. Misinterpreted the “head’s up” noun cue. DP signs DOCTOR & fingerspells an odd looking name.
    Me: “May I speak to Dr (phonetically) “Dersmith”
    Silence. It dawns on me I made a boo boo. I give the DP a head’s up.
    Me: My interpreter does not know how to pronounce the name.
    Icy voice on the phone: could you mean Dr. Smith?
    Me: checks in with the DP. Between laughing fits, he affirms that is who he wants. Icy voice lady also busts a gut. If you can’t be accurate, be entertaining.


  2. During a speech about the challenges of resisting sexual advances in the workplace (that in itself was a head scratcher). The speaker said, ‘It would be as if a football player hit on you,’ No lead in, no explanation.


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