April 21, 2010

Willis Others?

I've been having a lot of fun with Bad Translator, a website where you can type in any text you like, up to 250 characters, and it runs it through Google Translator, bouncing it back and forth between 54 different world languages and back again to English, over and over again until spitting out the final result. It's interesting what remains of the original meaning, and how much gets, with apologies to Bill Murray, lost in translation.

The title of this post was the result of sending Arnold Jackson's famous query "What'choo talkin' about Willis?" through the translator. Here are a few more 'results' for you to peruse. Can you guess the original sources? Feel free to post your guesses in the comments below. I'll post the answers tomorrow.

1. "Please think about the people in this country." - Baseball

2. "There are financial consequences, hearing and language means at the game console." - Basketball

3. "Games! Speak of - game gone riding, right? Note - 'seats of hair and heat'! Hope to win every race! Games!" - Football

4. "We will appeal process, but with hope ... Mensiummu now!" - Football

5. "I think you think? I think? I check? Finally, in the first three pages, please contact the winner!" - Baseball

6. "It is not." - Baseball movie

7. "Tuesday the price ... Mecca working! You! Yanko success." - Famous baseball call

8. "I love Moses Code, some group of people Dilantunkan." - Song lyric

9. "Eat!" - TV dialogue


  1. 3.Play offs, ur talkiin about play offs!
    5.who's on 1st

    wow those are tough

  2. You've got one of them right! Jim Mora's "Playoffs?" diatribe. Anybody else want to give it a whirl?

  3. Is #7 "Tinkers to Evers to Chance" perhaps?

    FYI, I couldn't resist and did this myself with some movie quotes: http://reignoferror.blogspot.com/2010/04/magic-of-cinema.html