Random Thoughts From Uncle Dale: Interpreterisms

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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.

Rule 595

Agency: Will you take an appointment at a nudist resort?

Me: Is it Deaf/Blind interpreting?