Monday, May 03, 2010

A Difficult Closed Captions ‘Translation’ Problem:

The Comedy channel recently broadcast a 30-minute show by the cerebral comedian Myq Kaplan. In one of his closing jokes, he referred to a show that’s like the Highlanders, only Jewish. What would you call such a show? Myq’s solution was to replace the leading ‘H’ sound with ‘CH’ as in ‘loch’. Now, how do you spell that in closed caption TV text?

The Comedy channel captioneer came up with, I think, a brilliant idea. It gets the joke across, although it is actually unpronounceable:


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