Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Bible in the Aussie vernacular...

From the Telegraph, one of those semi-regular wacky translation stories:
The Australian broadcaster who translated large sections of the New
Testament into Strine
has turned his attention to the Bible once
This time Kel Richards has rewritten well-known Old Testament stories
in the Australian vernacular.
Instead of the familiar opening of "In the beginning God created the heaven
and the earth", Richards offers: "Out of the blue God knocked up the
whole bang lot … God said 'let's have some light' and bingo - light appeared."

The Aussie Bible also retells the story of Joseph, whose jealous
brothers sold him into slavery and told their father he had been killed by a
wild beast. Joseph's father, Jacob, cries out: "He's been killed! Maybe
a dingo got my boy!"

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