Dalai Lama joke/Dalai-Lama-Witz

It’s well known that interpreters can’t always translate jokes. But this video clip is a good illustration of how little non-linguists understand the problem.

The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop…and says ‘Can you make me one with everything?’

Needless to say, this did not come across. TV hosts said, ‘You know that a joke’s in trouble if you’ve got a translator off to the side’ (this is understandable) and ‘He should have said “one with the lot”.’ (Pardon?)

The commenters are not impressed:

And yeah, this news guy butchered it. The actual joke is:
“Did you hear about the Zen monk ordering a hot dog? He said ‘Make me one with everything.'”

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