When grade school kids think someone lied to them they say, "Liar, liar pants on fire!"
My son’s high school friend told me today that if you put "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire" into an online translator, then translate it into French, and then translate back again into English, the resulting translation is, "Teller of untruths your pants have combusted".
This phrase is all over the internet. I had to know if it really works this way or if it’s an urban legend. When I checked to see what happens, here’s what I got:
French Translation: Pantalon de menteur de menteur sur le feu
The French translated back to English: Trousers of liar of liar on fire
French Translation: Pantalons menteur Menteur sur le feu
The French translated back to English: Liar liar pants on fire (someone must have contributed this translation.)
French Translation: Pantalons de menteur de menteur en feu
The French translated back to English: Liar’s pants of liar on fire
This is the type of result I get when I went through the translation in online translators. Sometimes it didn’t make sense, sometimes the original version came back. I never got, "Teller of untruths, your pants have combusted". It may be that translators have improved, that the people behind the translators fixed it or that the whole thing was made up, posted on a blog and then spread around, finally becoming an urban legend.
Perhaps someone out there on the internet is a teller of untruths whose pants have combusted!
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