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zmejka  Identity Verified
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Mar 11, 2003

(this will only be funny for those of you guys who speak russian, sorry! )

the other night, we were watching \'harry potter and the chamber of secrets\' on a \'тряпичная копия\' - it\'s when someone records the film on a camera in a movie theatre and then gets it translated and sold. such stuff is popular over here because it\'s the only way to get to see a movie before it appears on the city\'s big screens - if you were ever REALLY anxious to see a film, you\'ll understand this )).

the translation was monstrous, of course. it was almost impossible to understand what the story was all about! but you could hear the original english soundtrack behind the translation, so it was more or less bearable. after the first 10-15 minutes of the film i kind of got used to ignoring the russian voice behind the screen.

if you\'ve seen the movie or read the book, you probably remember the moment when harry potter starts to hear snake voices. and in the movie, he says: \"...did you hear that?.. it\'s... spooky\".

...the translation was \"слышал? это СПУКИ.\"


i think that\'s exactly what i\'m going to call translation mess-ups from now on.

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Alison Schwitzgebel
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So the people who create these monstrous mess-ups.... Mar 11, 2003

So the people who create these monstrous mess-ups would be spookniks (forgive the transliteration....)


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Maybe Harry was listening to this guy... Mar 11, 2003


Äèäæåé Ñïóêè (ïîëíîå èìÿ - DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid) – äèäæåé íåîáû÷íûé. Ïîìèìî ñâåäåíèÿ ïëàñòèíîê, îí çàíèìàåòñÿ è èíûìè âåùàìè. (passage omitted)

 Ìîñêâó Ñïóêè ïðèåçæàåò èìåííî ÷òî â êà÷åñòâå èíòåëëåêòóàëà – ñ ëåêöèÿìè è ìàñòåð-êëàññàìè, ïðèóðî÷åííûìè ê Íåäåëå Ýíäè Óîðõîëà â Ìîñêâå.


DJ Spooky (full name DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid) is an unusual DJ. He has other interests beside records. (passage omitted)

Spooky is coming to Moscow in his role as an intellectual - to give lectures and master classes in connection with the Andy Warhol Week in Moscow.

(from online magazine

[ This Message was edited by:on2003-03-12 17:43]

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Gayle Wallimann  Identity Verified
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:-) Mar 11, 2003

That\'s great. Thanks for sharing!

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Elizabeth Adams  Identity Verified
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more spooky stuff... Mar 12, 2003

Hi Zmejka and all,

iz toi zhe serii:

I\'m reading a history of Russian submarines, and at one point the author goes off about how the nutty americans named one of their subs Red Button (that is, the red button that will blow half the earth off). I did a double take, because the sub was named \"Baton Rouge,\" which is a city in Louisiana!! So Baton sounds like \"button,\" and we all know what rouge means...

But who knows, maybe W will get around to naming something red button

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