Iran: The White House is Tweeting in Farsi

The translation for this tweet is "President Obama's Remarks on Iran at his Press Conference, with Persian Translation [Link]" (via Steve S. / Wayne's list)


  1. if a person who speaks two languages is bilingual, and a person who speaks three, trilingual, what do you call someone who only speaks one language?

  2. @Takuan: monolingual?

    also, i got this tweet yesterday, and i thought it was cool. the best part (to me) is that faux news is probably FREAKING OUT about it.

  3. language is power. Anyone who keeps the tribe from learning new words is an enemy of the tribe.

  4. Takuan: “American”. Which was never anything to be proud of and has now changed.

    If I was wearing a hat,…I would stand and doff it. Well played sir, well played.

  5. President Obama’s Remarks on Iran at his Press Conference, with Persian Translation [Link]

    That’s only what it appears to say. Really this is Obama’s secret code for controlling the unrest in Iran.

  6. @#11: Yeah. Do you know where muslins originated? The Middle East. Do you know what is also from the the Middle East? Turrrism. They must be connected.

    (Sarcasm, obviously, folks.)

  7. Yep, i hate the summertime. Too many turrists, with their sandals, cameras and sunburns.

  8. #4 Heard the same joke many years ago where the punchline was “Australian”.

    As is often remarked, our two countries do indeed have a “special relationship”, like hillbilly cousins.

  9. Did whoever transcribe that speech (in English) editorialize?

    In 2009, no iron fist is strong enough to shut off the world from bearing witness to peaceful protests [sic] of justice.

    Why the “sic?” Is it saying that the president is wrong — that the protests aren’t “peaceful,” or that they aren’t actually “protests?”

    While anyone can argue with what was said, it seems a little bit odd for the typist to be doing so…

  10. Joke that may be attributable to Bill Cosby:

    Europeans are smart: they all learn multiple languages so they can talk to each other.

    Americans are smart: they all learn the same language so they can talk to each other.

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