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Subtitling: “You want to tell me that that wants to chase a plastic fist Put is a homosexuality into my fart eye?”

“You want to tell me that that
wants to chase a plastic fist
Put is a homosexuality into
my fart eye?”

–Borat

Seriously?

Is it machine translation? Crowdsourcing? Back-translation? Maybe all of the above, but these subtitles are as funny (and intelligible) as they can get. Not even a professional translator could decipher that.

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Translation Party with the Beatles – Hey Jude (Funny)

Machine translation usually produces funny results. But machine back-translation[*] is absolutely hilarious!

Translation Party is a website that uses machine translation to “translate” a phrase repeatedly until it reaches its ‘equilibrium’. It means that a phrase is machine-translated from English into Japanese, back into English, back into Japanese, repeatedly, until the result is the same English machine-translation, and that is equilibrium. Not all phrases reach that pure, disastrous level of machine-translation equilibrium, but they all are horrendous.

I decided to put Translation Party to the test with ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles. The sad, sad result is after the break:

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