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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Here's Something I Learned on Twitter Today

Posted by on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM


Love that expression.

 

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Urgutha Forka 1
I even like the Polish word for monkey.

Malpy
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM · Report this
Dougsf 2
That is awesome. Wish there was a chance in hell I could say it correctly in Polish.
Posted by Dougsf on October 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM · Report this
Fnarf 4
I'll be using this at every opportunity (in English).
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on October 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM · Report this
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@3. I am also a huge Schlock Mercenary fan. I also generally enjoy his musings on movies.
But Sloggers! Go read www.schlockmercenary.com!
Posted by Hanoumatoi on October 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM · Report this
originalcinner 6
Mourdock. Akin. Hey, Romney, your circus, your monkeys.
Posted by originalcinner on October 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM · Report this
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That is one terrific idiom.

I'm not going to make as bold of a vow as Fnarf, but I hope I remember to use the English version of this on occasion.

Dan, please try to use the phrase every now and again. Repetition helps the migration from short-term memory to long-term memory, and I'd like "not my circus, not my monkey" to make that journey.

Posted by Functional Atheist on October 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 8
I love it. I already used it today.

"How do I make this copy machine work?"
"Not my circus. Not my monkey."
Posted by Gurldoggie http://gurldogg.blogspot.com on October 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM · Report this
biffp 9
That tops, "not my pig, not my farm."
Posted by biffp on October 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
biffp 10
And, "not my pole, not my sister."
Posted by biffp on October 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM · Report this
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absofukinlutely perfect.
Posted by Bean on October 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM · Report this
12
Say "née moy seark, née moya molpee". Pretty close phonetically.
Posted by Pol Pot on October 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM · Report this
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Zwierciadlo Miasta presents "Nie moj cyrk,nie moje malpy"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDS5Qilqe…
Posted by melville on October 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM · Report this
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And now I know you're dissatisfied
With your position and your place
Don't you understand
It's not my problem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyZ7V_ota…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM · Report this
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@13 awesome find. Decent flow, too.
Posted by Pol Pot on October 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM · Report this
long-time reader 17
Reminds me of something I stumbled across on Wikipedia the other day: There's an article on equivalents to the phrase "when pigs fly" in other languages. The Russian version translates as "when the crawfish whistles on the mountain".
Posted by long-time reader on October 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM · Report this
Dougsf 18
@17 - That is great as well, certainly more exotic than ours—but I can't help but wonder if Russian readers stumbling on the equivalent American phrase aren't awestruck by how wonderfully simple ours is. Unless of course the words for mountain and crawfish just have a better ring to them in Russian.
Posted by Dougsf on October 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM · Report this
Dougsf 19
"just *might* have a better ring to them in Russian", that should read, as I honestly wouldn't know.
Posted by Dougsf on October 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM · Report this
emma's bee 20
This was one of Kieślowski's "Decalogue" themes, wasn't it?
Posted by emma's bee on October 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM · Report this
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@12: Oczywiście, nie mówisz polskiego.

nyeh moy tsirk, nye moy-eh mow-pih.

Roll your "R", put the stress on the first syllable, and you'll be fine.
Posted by facet on October 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM · Report this
JerryBear 22
Technically speaking, "malpy" (ortographically 'małpy', but some browsers may have problems with crossed 'l') is the plural of "malpa". The translation should be "Not my circus, not my monkeys".
Posted by JerryBear on October 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM · Report this
rob! 23
@21, 22: If pasted into Google Translate and the "speak" icon clicked, the rendering seems pretty good--but in 21's phrase, the modified/accented characters have to be replaced with English equivalents or the voice skips the whole word (maybe a character-encoding problem).
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on October 24, 2012 at 7:36 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 24
I don't have a shrimp on that platter.

I don't have a band in that festival.

I don't have a shirt in that catalog.

I don't have a topping on that pizza.

I don't have a dick in that porno.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on October 24, 2012 at 9:22 PM · Report this
seandr 25
@10 - I don't know, that's pretty damn good.
Posted by seandr on October 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM · Report this
26
That is fantastic and I am totally adopting it (in English).
Posted by daphne24 http://www.ohiosmart.org on October 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM · Report this

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