Rule 682

When you need to find the person in charge look past tee-shirts with the name of the company or conference on them, aprons, polo shirts with logos or any kind of uniform.

Power wears its own clothes.

Rule 681

Post conference interpreting complaints (an ongoing series):

After interpreting for so many motivational speakers I’ve realized I’m an asymptomatic carrier. I can pass motivation on to others without ever showing symptoms myself.

Rule 676

Do you ever feel like you are interpreting for someone talking in their sleep, but being held to the standard of what they would have said if they were awake?

Rule 674

A speaker who uses a lot of words is not necessarily providing a lot of information. Sometimes you have to stop, breathe and analyze for meaning longer than you are comfortable.

I call this the “wait for and wade through” style of interpreting.

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?