Random Thoughts From Uncle Dale: Let Me Give You An In Class Example…

Dear ASL to Spoken-English Students:

Don’t be so easily impressed:

I’ve taught this principle for thirteen years; and,

I picked the video!

Rule 672

Filling out paperwork at 2:23 AM in the emergency room:

Nurse: I’m sorry you have to work so late.

Uncle Dale: (Realizing how both common and odd that is to say) I’m sorry you have to work so late.

Nurse: Well, you know, it’s my job.

UD: Funny you should mention that, it’s mine too.

We both stared at each other for a moment or two and both of us burst out laughing. I have no idea why either one of us thought that was so funny but at 2:30 in the morning it really was!

Random Thoughts From Uncle Dale: Interpreterisms

https://youtu.be/13DvXLdr_H4

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?

Rule 645

CURSE YOU:

Bizarre “field specific” acronyms;

Nonsensically named computer programs;

Obscure Jargon;

References to field offices in unusually named small towns in other states; and,

Client specific shorthand for things they deal with everyday on this job but that exist nowhere in the world outside!

Curse you and all your ilk!

Rule 634

When a referral agency offers a choice between two appointments we should all admit to selecting:

The appointment in closer proximity to that one donut place;

The appointment with the faster WiFi;

The appointment where that one time they had cake, really good cake; or,

The more intellectually stimulating.

In that order.

Rule 624

Find your happy place.

Security: I can’t let you into the convention without a pass.

Interpreter: I’m the Sign Language Interpreter.

Security: Oh, they told me to tell you that your credentials are at the Information Booth in the Main Hall.

Interpreter: Ok thanks, I’ll go and get them.

Security: Sorry. I can’t let you in without a pass.

Rule 607

Terms For Things All Interpreters Understand:

Conservation of Gibberish:

The amount of effort you wish to expend on explaining to the Client that your interpretation was spot on, but what the Presenter said didn’t make any sense.