<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR> "Why is it, every time you finally get things calmed down and everything is going great, life decides to .. kick you in the butt."
"You said that life decides to kick you, but?"
"No, no. It's a .. it's a part of the body. It's a .. Oh, you have the damnest gaps in your vocabulary."
"Preparing to come here, I was not taught the more .. colorful aspects of your language. It was considered inappropriate for one of the religious caste."
"You're missing out on a lot."
"So I gather. Butt. Butt. I butt, you butt, he or she butts."
"No. No, it's--"
"Butt butt. Butt butt?"
"You sound like a motor boat."
"Motor-butt? I don't think I like the sound of that."
"Well, I don't blame you. I'm against the whole idea."
"Then we are in agreement."
"Well, there you see."
"Something's gone your way today. It's the way the universe works. Wait just a little while, and the wheel turns."
Sheridan and Delenn in Babylon 5:"Divided Loyalties" <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
It happens. I took a course in Japanese a few years ago.
In response to a question, Sensei refused to even Admit that there Are any "curse words" in Japanese.
Sorta true. Such insults as "Fnck You!" don't translate.
In Japanese, you insult somone by being Rude to them instead of by calling them names or telling them to perform sexually improbable actions.
The simple act of being Impolite is very insulting. "Fnck You!", unless said Impolitely, is just an offer, not insulting in itself.
Now, one of these days, we've got to get JMS to explain how to insult someong in Minbari.
Other than by calling them a Liar, that is.
The 3 most common elements in the Universe:
Hydrogen, Greed, Stupidity!