How Do You Sign “Irony” In Afrikaans?

Given all the frauds he was “interpreting” for this is very fitting, it seems to me

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake,” the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday.

… Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country’s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn’t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a different method to communicate.

The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama “was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for,” said Bruno Druchen, the federation’s national director.

But give the guy a break: have you ever tried to make sense of an Obama speech to someone else?

6 Responses to “How Do You Sign “Irony” In Afrikaans?”

  1. Julie says:

    To interpret O’s speech, all he needed to know was the signs for “I” and “me”…

  2. tree hugging sister says:

    As someone on Twitter said this morning, “Well, he DID stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night…”

  3. Syd B. says:

    They knew he was fake when the signer started to make some sense.

  4. Skyler says:

    My daughter watched him signing and said, “Daddy, he’s not making any sense at all.”

    I told mt deaf wife that that’s what he sounds like to me too.

  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    See, Skyler? True equality!

  6. Syd B. says:

    Turns out the now famous signer is a Nigerian and his sign language told a story about needing help to retrieve a very large inheritance from the bank and all he needs is a nice person in the 1st world to help him.

Image | WordPress Themes