Sprechen Sie in American?

Spike Jones and Pérez Prado suffering communication difficulties. Prado was famous for his grunts, but here his personal interpreter does the the talking.

Translating ‘fuck’ into Catalan

Thanks to Margaret Marks for pointing out this excellent article by Dídac Pujol of UPF. What I miss in his suggestions and in Catalan obscenity and Catalan in general is the sonic violence of “fuck”. Spanish is fine, with its jódete velar fricatives, but Catalan swearing just isn’t scary. (The Journal of Specialised Translation looks…