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Jokes #13

As My House Was Muckled, I Chuckled...

A certain Malayalam professor, whom I shall call Mathewsaar, generously provided me with a book to help me learn Malayalam. It was called Malayalam Made Easy (although personally--no offense!--I don't believe it was too helpful, as it lacked both regular conversations and grammar rules).

Now, one section of this book had many poems and then one play with the title RU UQ /palathuLLi peruveLLam/, which is actually a common Malayalam proverb (with equivalents in several languages). It literally means "many drops [make a] flood." I think the closest equivalent in English is "a penny saved is a penny earned"; the intended idea is that if you constantly save up a little bit of money, you will be rich.

Anyway, unfortunately for Mathewsaar, he didn't know how to translate half of the words in that proverb into English, so this was his translation:

"Many a mickle makes a muckle."

(I apologize for a mistake in this joke. It turns out that the above translation is actually an old Scottish proverb. But I seriously doubt that most contemporary English-speakers are Old Scots.)

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