Pattern recognition

Friend of the blog Armelle Europe has posted a couple of hilarious videos by Alfred Williams at her website, Ukulele and Languages.  If you like puns, you’ll like “I Can’t Think of Any Jokes“; if you like visual puns, you’ll like “Trinidad Looks Quite Like Wales.”  Some time ago, Armelle embedded a video of Alfred Williams performing “Love Machine” in Latin, which I include below.

Machina Amoris


  1. Thanks a lot for the mention of Ukulele & Languages, Acilius !
    Glad to see that you enjoyed Alfred’s videos as much as I did.
    I’ve been humming “I can’t think of any jokes” all day and got strange stares from my colleagues ;)Trying to explain the puns in French was just not possible and resulted in further confusion from their part!

  2. acilius

     /  October 21, 2009

    You’re welcome, Armelle!

    It’s rare that the same pun works in more than one language. If you are really going to try to translate that song, I wish you luck!

  3. believer1

     /  October 21, 2009

    This is very fitting for me, since I can never tell a joke. Even when I know a joke by heart, I mess up the punchline. I’m only accidentally funny. Except for the occasional funny joke.

  4. Acilius : I am not going to try to translate the song in French, it would be silly and the puns would be lost in translation. I was rather trying to explain what the expressions meant in English but that didn’t really help !

  5. acilius

     /  October 22, 2009

    Armelle: I’m glad you are not going to try to translate the song. What an immensely difficult task that would be!

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