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Les blagues les plus courtes sont toujours les meilleures

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by DearPrudence, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod

    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
    Hello, everyone :)

    I was watching TV and the quiz master made a joke that was not funny the first time round, but OK, never mind. But then he kept on repeating it over and over again which was more than annoying.
    So in French I thought to myself (kind of speaking to the quiz master :rolleyes:):
    "Bon, ça va ! Les blagues les plus courtes sont toujours les meilleures."

    Is there an equivalent in English for this? (OK, he's just done it twice while writing this sentence, so in English, I would have said: "Will you shut the f*** up?!!!!" which is not quite as polite as the French version :D)

    I guess "the shortest jokes are always the best" would not work, right?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. la grive solitaire

    la grive solitaire Senior Member

    United States, English
    How about: When it comes to [jokes], less is more / keep it short and sweet.
     
  3. Kutchiloo Senior Member

    Spain
    English U.K.
    You can say: 'It wasn't funny the first time'
     
  4. doinel

    doinel Modlife crisis

    Southern France
    France French
    Je pensais à la chanson des Smiths That joke isn't funny anymore.
    Mais it wasn't funny the first time, résume tellement l'idée.
     
  5. latourte Junior Member

    Québec, Canada
    French - Canada
    The translation of "Les blagues les plus courtes sont toujours les meilleurs" is obviously "the shortest jokes and the funniest!" or as La grive solitaire said : "When it comes to jokes, keep it short and sweet... or the shortest the funniest!
     
  6. The Prof

    The Prof Senior Member

    I would be tempted to change 'shortest' to 'simplest': The simplest jokes are always the best / the funniest!
     
  7. latourte Junior Member

    Québec, Canada
    French - Canada
    Jokes can also be complicated! I would keep on saying "shortest" as we're talking about the length of the jokes here. If a joke teller keeps on speaking and speaking, the joke becomes annoying and the attention of the listener is lost!
     
  8. Suehil

    Suehil Medemod

    Tillou, France
    British English
    'Brevity is the soul of wit' ;)
     
  9. la grive solitaire

    la grive solitaire Senior Member

    United States, English
    :thumbsup: Yeeeeeesssss!
     
  10. doinel

    doinel Modlife crisis

    Southern France
    France French
    Wit isn't French, so, so sorry.
    It wasn't funny the first time sounds so fine to my French, witless ears.
     
  11. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod

    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
    It looks like I'm spoilt for choice!
    Thank you everyone! :)
     

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