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2006-09-06 11:58:38 PM  
Translation: "Until the biatch raises her tail, the dogs don't smell her"

And that is why Massengil was invented.

/got nothin'
//or do I?
 
2006-09-07 12:55:07 AM  
Suge pula mare.

The only Romanian you need to know.
 
2006-09-07 12:57:47 AM  
My favourite: "The village is burning and the granny is combing her hair."
 
2006-09-07 01:03:25 AM  
Come trouble, but come alone!

naijaman.cfmxdeveloper.co.uk
 
2006-09-07 01:06:05 AM  
And I couldn't get a link approved that showed how to tell if the FBI or NSA were tracking your computer....
 
2006-09-07 01:08:47 AM  
You submitted something that didn't go green? Wow, I'll bet that's never happened to anyone before.
 
2006-09-07 01:12:49 AM  
Unde nu intră soarele pe geam, intră doctorul pe uşă.

Translation: The African elephant population has tripled in the past six months.
 
2006-09-07 01:14:20 AM  
Ascultă cu urechile, vezi cu ochii, dar taci cu gura.
"Use your ears to listen, use your eyes to see, but use your mouth to shut up."
 
2006-09-07 01:15:30 AM  
canusa

Are you sure you link didn't go green?
Are you sure you even submitted a li.......*NO CARRIER*
 
2006-09-07 01:15:48 AM  
"Defend me from chickens, for dogs I'm not afraid of."

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2006-09-07 01:15:57 AM  
If you click the link at the bottom you get to the page Wikiquote - Category: Proverbs where you will find a large list of proverbs sorted by culture of origin. They all come out a bit strange and lose most of their sense in translation even if you happen to speak the language in question a bit.

The worst part was of course to find somwhere in this list of links after Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese Proverbs and before Welsh and Yiddish ones a link to Vulcan Proverbs! This is what always gets me about the whole Wiki* thing. It is full of often relevant and helpful information, but it is always mixed with shiat like that.
 
2006-09-07 01:17:12 AM  
They may not make much sense, but they did invent Romulan Ale! (pops)
 
2006-09-07 01:19:23 AM  
bah. gimmie the rules of acquisition any day. theyre far more useful and they read better

http://www.vidiot.com/st-ds9/rules.html


/james dont do no html
 
2006-09-07 01:26:47 AM  
I like If two people say you're drunk, go to bed. Man, I wish I'd followed that advice a few times in my life.
 
2006-09-07 01:27:34 AM  
Whatever happened to this:

Vrei sa pleci dar nu ma, nu ma iei,
Nu ma, nu ma iei, nu ma, nu ma, nu ma iei.
Chipul tau si dragostea din tei,
Mi-amintesc de ochii tai.

I'm guessing it means something about singing on top of airplanes.
 
2006-09-07 01:32:21 AM  
Dwedit: Whatever happened to this:

DIAF. :-(
 
2006-09-07 01:38:17 AM  
My hovercraft is full of eels.
 
2006-09-07 01:43:22 AM  
Cine stie carte, are patru ochi
Translation: "The one who has knowledge, has four eyes."


That's just mean.

/Hey four-eyes!
 
2006-09-07 01:48:48 AM  
Critic
Fingertips to the wolverines too? ;-)
 
2006-09-07 02:18:57 AM  
Loki-L: The worst part was of course to find somwhere in this list of links after Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese Proverbs and before Welsh and Yiddish ones a link to Vulcan Proverbs! This is what always gets me about the whole Wiki* thing. It is full of often relevant and helpful information, but it is always mixed with shiat like that.

"OHNOES!!1! Information I, arbiter of all knowledge, disapprove of!! Wikiz are teh sux!1!"
 
2006-09-07 02:19:55 AM  
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
 
2006-09-07 02:27:22 AM  
"Defend me, Lord, from my friends, because from enemies I can defend myself." I like this one.
 
2006-09-07 02:43:10 AM  
"Some people must touch the apple to understand"

My dad's foreign. He used to tell me this every time I did something particularly stupid. I take it to be roughly analogous to " some people just have to learn the hard way".
 
2006-09-07 02:52:55 AM  
Translation: "The one who has knowledge, has four eyes."

Yes, they're called "nerds".
 
2006-09-07 03:24:49 AM  
These reminded me of this book:

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2006-09-07 03:42:28 AM  
"Don't measure others with your own hand."

/Umm...I'd say you're a D-cup...
 
2006-09-07 04:30:46 AM  
Critic: That's Hungarian.
 
2006-09-07 04:36:05 AM  
Atario

Loki-L: The worst part was of course to find somwhere in this list of links after Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese Proverbs and before Welsh and Yiddish ones a link to Vulcan Proverbs! This is what always gets me about the whole Wiki* thing. It is full of often relevant and helpful information, but it is always mixed with shiat like that.

"OHNOES!!1! Information I, arbiter of all knowledge, disapprove of!! Wikiz are teh sux!1!"


It is not that I disapprove of information like Vulcan Proverbs or think that it has no place in a wiki, I just feel that in a serious reference work it should not be listed among more real information.

I am sick of seeing every other entry on wikipedia having a paragraph for every time the concept in question was mentioned in passing on Simpsons, feautured in an episode of Star Trek or had an endboss in a Japanese video game named after it. That might be useful to some, but when the list takes up more space than the actual encyclopdic information on the subject it really destroys the illusion of dealing with a serious reference work.

I have no problem with including all possible information that one might think of but I despair on the desire to treat all information as equal. In an encylopedia with an endless number of pages like wikipedia you don't have to exclude anything for being too irrelevant or obscure to take up valuable space, but it should be better sorted/linked/indexed/whatever. A list of pages containing proverbs from different cultures should not contain a link to a page about fictional proverbs from a fictional culture.
 
2006-09-07 04:40:58 AM  
LokiL
your writing is too informed and articulate for you to actually believe that wikipedia is a 'serious reference work'.
/not a wiki-hater
//does wiki-haters exist?
///i guess they do if they think they do...
 
2006-09-07 05:06:20 AM  
Loki-L: I have no problem with including all possible information that one might think of but I despair on the desire to treat all information as equal. In an encylopedia with an endless number of pages like wikipedia you don't have to exclude anything for being too irrelevant or obscure to take up valuable space, but it should be better sorted/linked/indexed/whatever. A list of pages containing proverbs from different cultures should not contain a link to a page about fictional proverbs from a fictional culture.


Ramen. I have the same problem with Wikipedia (which I use very often for all sorts of tidbits). It's great that there is info on every minor thing on TV and the internet - because that's why I use it to look up references in "Family Guy", for example.

However, putting Vulcan proverbs alongside actual, real-life proverbs is just wrong. It's like listing Batmobile in a "List of most popular cars" or putting quidditch in a "List of school sports". Both would have their valid reasons for being in Wikipedia, but one should be in a list for fictional cars and the other in a list of fictional sports.
 
2006-09-07 06:39:50 AM  
Where's "Don't put your nose where someone else's pot boils"? I had a Romanian friend in grade school and she said that's how they said "Mind your own business."

These are great -- I'll have to try to learn some to surprise my Romanian handyman with.
 
2006-09-07 06:47:31 AM  
Dr. Moonlight: I like If two people say you're drunk, go to bed. Man, I wish I'd followed that advice a few times in my life.

Seconded.

I was just disappointed that there weren't any quotes from Dracula in there.
 
2006-09-07 06:52:25 AM  
PunkRockLawyer: These are great -- I'll have to try to learn some to surprise my Romanian handyman with

I have a Romanian coworker, but I won't by trying out any of these. If Monty Python has taught me anything, it's not to trust the authors of foreign phrasebooks.

I somehow doubt that me yelling "My nipples explode with delight!" across the office at her in her native language will end well.
 
2006-09-07 07:58:26 AM  
He's got the KAVORKA!!!
 
2006-09-07 08:51:59 AM  
The reason why the Vulcan proverbs were listed in the same category as all the real ones is because they're the only fictional proverbs article. There would be little point in creating a separate "Fictional Proverbs" category just to put a single article into. If there were several others, it is likely that someone would have created a separate category for them to go into.

This is the nature of the way wikipedia/wiki-whatever works, as everything is always a work in progress. There probably are other fictional proverbs articles which could be written, but no one has gotten around to writing them yet.

Now, as to the complaint above about how so many wikipedia articles have long lists of pop culture trivia at the bottom of them, often going on for pages listing minor simpsons and video game references and such - yes, this really sucks. Eventually there's going to need to be a policy written severely limiting this crap. Which will happen whenever someone gets around to it.
 
2006-09-07 09:09:34 AM  
* Nu te pune cu prostul că are mintea odihnită.
o Translation: "Don't argue with a fool, he has a rested mind."

This is the perfect motto for Fark's flamewar topics.
 
2006-09-07 09:34:14 AM  
hai frate, chiar nu ma asteptam sa gasesc asta pe Fark, farkeri care se distreaza cu proverbe romanesti. Pai bravo baieti, ce sa zic, bagati mare, sunt cu ochiul pe voi si nu uitati ca vrabia malai viseaza :)
 
2006-09-07 09:54:33 AM  
"Well, all day long at gym I hear how great Nadia Comenici is at this or how wonderful Nadia did that! Nadia, Nadia, Nadia!"

- Jan Bradinski
 
2006-09-07 10:20:14 AM  
brap: "Well, all day long at gym I hear how great Nadia Comenici is at this or how wonderful Nadia did that! Nadia, Nadia, Nadia!"


"Boy! I'd like to fark her!"

"Well Jim, I'm no lezzie, but..."


(Old National Lampoon comedy bit)
 
2006-09-07 10:20:54 AM  
My wife is Romanian - she is going to like this cite.
 
2006-09-07 10:21:46 AM  
Jolan True, my Romulan compatriots.


Oh wait, did you say 'Romanian'?
 
2006-09-07 10:45:15 AM  
Having a wife who is Romanian - we need a Romania tag... as Colbert would say... Romania is Europe's Florida...
 
2006-09-07 10:57:00 AM  
There is a Romanian chick in my office. Do not ever, ever, burp in her presence, or she will go off.

/Then again, she's a psycho-chick anyway.
 
2006-09-07 10:58:55 AM  
www.fortunecity.com
"I find this most amusing."
 
2006-09-07 11:18:30 AM  
"Use your ears to listen, use your eyes to see, but use your mouth to shut up."


My favorite!
 
2006-09-07 11:33:58 AM  
"If two people say you're drunk, go to bed"

A reasonable test.
 
2006-09-07 06:28:29 PM  
we need a Romania tag... as Colbert would say... Romania is Europe's Florida...
That'd be great! I'm Romanian too and for some reason I agree with that statement. You should know that Romaian has quite a large swearing dictionary... hmmm may be the best in the world, but I'm not sure. My grandfather told me it's the French, but when I visited last March, and two neighbors fought over some land, they cursed at each other in what my cousin described as "Combinations of cuss words that were impossible to make up, even if I thought about them for years".
 
2006-09-07 07:24:39 PM  
"The one who works hard has everything he wants. The one who steals and is not caught, has the same."

Uhm. Nice. Remind me not to hire any romanians.
 
2006-09-07 07:27:24 PM  
S-a dus baba cu colacii!

Translation: The granny handing pretzels, is gone.

My favorite!

/Granny and Picard, at Tenagra?
 
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