was the first which made me realise Terry Pratchett could be seriously
funny, and I am gratified to see that it still exists on the Internet to this day! This particularly memorable quote is useful for this post:Rincewind could scream for mercy in nineteen languages, and just scream in another forty-four. This is important. Inexperienced travellers thing that 'Aargh!!!' is universal, but in Betrobi, it means 'highly enjoyable' and in Howondaland it means, variously, 'I would like to eat your foot', 'Your wife is a big hippo' and 'Hello, Thinks Mr Purple Cat.' One particular tribe has a fearsome reputation for cruelty merey because prisoners appear, to them, to be shouting 'Quick! Extra boiling oil!'
- Interesting Times
Should you find yourself in a similar situation and wish to scream DO NOT WANT in Japanese, here are a few quick pointers. I am dispensing with polite forms because in such a situation you are likely to have no time for courtesy, and whoever it is you are screaming it at is unlikely to respond to it. (1) Level 1 DO NOT WANT, for the beginner: IIE will do.
(2) Level 2: IYA DAME!!! will do.
*Note: for certain species of yaoi fangirl, this phrase sometimes means this.
(3) Level 3: MOU, YAMETE! ZETTAI YADA!
(Sharing of other elaborate and creative ways to scream NO are also welcomed)
This also relates perfectly to How Today Went.
Simon and Rossiu Explain the Life of a Young Lawyer-In-Training
(cool drill pen!)
You are busy working on
EVEN MORE WORK COMES SAILING IN THROUGH THE DOOR, OR THE INTERNET ETHER
CAUSING YOU TO THINK THIS:
(replace Rossiu with whoever is GIVING IT TO YOU at the particular moment)
Or, in sequence, and in legalese:
(a) state negligence,
(b) call for judicial review,
(c) the tort of nuisance.
... oh God, I just fit them all under what I thought were the appropriate heads of action.
But because we all cannot have Simon and Rossiu, we have lawyers instead.
Well, not really, they can be pretty fascinating.
I know I look at life through law-tinted glasses, but SOMETIMES I DON'T EVEN NEED TO TRY THAT HARD:
Rossiu EXPLAINS THIS COOL NEW THING they call THE TRIAL
Simon and Rossiu do the whole Blue Ghosts in the Force Jedi trick.
MY HEART SKIPPED A HAPPY BEAT ♥
AND VIRAL GOES, "HUH, WHAT TRIAL? I DON'T THINK YOU GET JUSTICE THERE."
HOW CAN I HATE ROSSIU? HE'S SOMEONE AFTER MY OWN HEART. (and voiced by Saiga Mitsuki, whom I can NEVER hate!)