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  •  I have a hunch that Bad Translation #11 (2+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, Nova Land

    has to be from Terminator. But the only truly famous line I know from Terminator is "I'll be back."

    Are there others? And could one of them fit #11?

    •  maybe... but... (2+ / 0-)
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      pucklady, UnionMade

      I kind of doubt it, for two reasons.

      11. 'We do not know. See. Advantage.' (1984)
      First reason: if this is from Terminator, that would make 2 quotes from the same movie. (Science didn't say there'd be only one quote per movie, so it's not against the rules, but 28 of the 30 quotes come from different movies, so I suspect the remaining 2 quotes do as well.)

      Second reason: the chappy nature of the quote doesn't sound like Terminator-movie dialogue to me (keeping in mind, of course, that while I saw the second and third movies I never saw the first one...) It sounds to me more like the rhythm of someone foreign making a philosophical statement, like a martial arts teacher.

      So I think Karate Kid might be a better bet.

      Looking through IMDB's memorable quotes list, i don't see an exact match but I do see a pretty close one:

      Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
      This has the choppy style of the translation. And Everything be better looks like it could easily bad-translate to advantage, just as Understand? looks like a good bad-translate of See

      But while Lesson not just karate only could conceivably bad-translate to We do not know, it seems like there are a couple other sentences in there too which have vanished in the translation if this is the quote. (Plus the order of See and Advantage has been reversed.) So this probably isn't it...

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