Off topic: Context is everything! Timely humor with "apple" and "blackberry"
Thread poster: RominaZ

RominaZ  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
+ ...
Oct 13, 2011

This thread is part of the Translator playground: a place for translators to have fun, to network, to learn, and to hone their translation or linguistic skills. See the announcement here.

Need a quick break from work? In this forum translators and language professionals can share quotes about translation, tongue twisters and word plays, translation challenges, etc.

All are welcome to participate and to add new items to this and the other areas of the Translator playground; have fun with it! If you need help or would like to propose an addition to the Translator playground, contact site staff through the online support system.

Here is the challenge -- imagine the most likely scenario for this conversation.

Customer: I'm very disappointed
Assistant: What's the problem?
Customer: My blackberry is not working

Assistant: where did you store it?
Customer: on my desk top
Assistant: well you could try using a mouse to drag the blackberry to the trash. Then you may want to launch the blackberry from the desktop.
Customer: I've already tried that a few times.

Have you pictured the scene and the characters in the story? Now watch this funny video! and see how the visual aids make the words take on a different meaning from the one you thought first.

Apart from being very funny this video has a perfect timing with all the recent news about Apple and Blackberry, right?

Can you think of other dialogue lines that could work well in two different contexts and change the words' meaning completely?

Have fun!


Steve Booth  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:36
Member (2007)
English to Arabic
+ ...
prediction??? Oct 13, 2011

Was this a prediction i wonder or are blackberries really that unreliable ?

I have never had one so i wouldn't have a clue but this clip was originally screened about a year ago, so would imagine it was pretty topical then as well

the weird thing is just before i visited proz this evening I have just watched the same video


Anna Sarah Krämer Fazendeiro
Local time: 22:36
Member (2011)
English to German
+ ...
This is great! Oct 13, 2011

It makes me want to buy an X-Box. Thanks for sharing!


Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:36
Member (2010)
Spanish to English
Brilliant! Oct 13, 2011

That was a great laugh !


Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:36
English to German
+ ...
In memoriam
Gorgeous! Oct 14, 2011

Thanks for sharing!


There is no moderator assigned specifically to this forum.
To report site rules violations or get help, please contact site staff »

Context is everything! Timely humor with "apple" and "blackberry"

Advanced search

SDL Trados Studio 2019 Freelance
The leading translation software used by over 250,000 translators.

SDL Trados Studio 2019 has evolved to bring translators a brand new experience. Designed with user experience at its core, Studio 2019 transforms how new users get up and running, helps experienced users make the most of the powerful features.

More info »
Protemos translation business management system
Create your account in minutes, and start working! 3-month trial for agencies, and free for freelancers!

The system lets you keep client/vendor database, with contacts and rates, manage projects and assign jobs to vendors, issue invoices, track payments, store and manage project files, generate business reports on turnover profit per client/manager etc.

More info »

  • All of
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search