These funnies were spotted in magazine competition; competitors were
asked to change one letter in a foreign phrases and then redefine the
Harley-Vous Francais? - Can you drive a French motorcycle?
Haste Cuisine - French fast food.
Posh Mortem - Aristocratic deaths.
Felix Navidad - My cat has a boat.
Merci rien- Thanks for nothing.
Quip pro quo - A very fast reply.
Veni, Vidi, Vice - I came, I saw, I was naughty.
Ich liebe rich - I'd love to have lots of money.
Amicus Puriae - A platonic friend.
Respondez s'il vous plaid - Only come to the party in a kilt.
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Foreign Words Were Meant to Say
Parlez-vous Francais - Do you speak French? (Harley as in
Haute Cuisine - Translates from the French
literally as "high cooking" it refers to quality cooking in good restaurants
Post Mortem - Latin for autopsy - to examine a
body after death
Feliz Navidad - Happy Christmas to Spanish
Merci bien - Thank you in French - "rien" the French for nothing
Quid pro quo - From the Latin "something for something" - an equal exchange
of goods or services
Vene, Vedi, Vici - I came, I saw, I conquered - words
attributed to Julius Caesar.
liebe dich - I love you in German
Amicus curiae is a legal Latin
phrase, literally translated as "friend of the court".
RSVP - Please reply (Answer in French!)
Competition - Funny Meaning to Ordinary Words
Every year the Washington Post asks its readers
to dream up alternative, yet cool meanings for ordinary words. Here are examples:
Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk
Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you
are running late.
Caterpallor (n.): The colour you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.
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Clever Yet Cool Phrases
Poultry in motion: A chicken crossing the road
Acupuncture: A jab well done.
If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.
Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead the dough basis.
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