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BAMBOO (Episode 5: Bears)

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ecume
650374.  Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:55 pm Reply with quote

Once again I need your help to translate it properly!

Starting from 10m50s

Alan
Have you been caned? Bamboo caned?
Stephen
I was . . . certainly. At prep school, I was caned almost daily.
Alan
Two uses of bamboo . . . [breaks off with a chortle]. That was just by yourself!
Stephen
[shaking hands madly] Never did me any harm!
Alan
[stands up and thrashes at his own behind]


I think I miss something. What did Alan mean that made people laugh so loudly?

 
bobwilson
650377.  Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:18 pm Reply with quote

It's one of those things that if you don't understand it then it can't be explained to you.

 
ecume
650563.  Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:01 pm Reply with quote

bobwilson wrote:
It's one of those things that if you don't understand it then it can't be explained to you.


really?
last time http://www.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=16344&start=0
sweet QI fans explained to me every single word I couldn't get (as a non-native speaker)

I understand how stupid and boring it is to explain jokes, but it is not impossible)

 
zomgmouse
650614.  Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:47 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
That was just by yourself!


Quote:
Alan
[stands up and thrashes at his own behind]

 
ecume
650628.  Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:25 pm Reply with quote

I think now I didn't miss anything)
it was just too much translating last night, when I suspected every phrase in having second meaning or referencing at something I'm not aware of.

So, sorry, chaps! Don't bother anymore)

 
MinervaMoon
650662.  Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:14 am Reply with quote

Just in case you are still unsure, ecume, maybe I can clear something up for you. Alan's two statements "two uses of bamboo" and "that was just by yourself" were not connected to each other. He's just joking that if Stephen was caned daily, it was only because he did it to himself, because it actually gave him some kind of pleasure.

For further clarification, Stephen saying "Never did me any harm" was simply a joke in itself (since it was said while feigning tremors), but not connected to Alan's statements either.

 

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