How Facebook subtitles hilariously mangle Still Game


AN ONLINE video has captured the hilariously hopeless subtitles Facebook adds to an episode of Still Game.

The social media giant has introduced a feature which allows users to add automated captions to videos.

But when the technology is applied to Glaswegian accents it produces total gibberish.
BBC Scotland tested the subtitles on a clip from episode four of the sitcom’s triumphant return, ‘Small Change’.

Legendary gossip Isa calls Jack “My baby” when she actually claims to be watching her weight and has her telling the waitress “Baby, baby white food” when she’s asking for a fork.


The clueless captions made no sense
The clueless captions made no sense


The comedy captions then make her sound like Yoda, reading: “Oh should be congratulations not bad you that is” when she congratulates the waitress on her anniversary.

Other subtitles include “Had you know I just see the field get your city would it’s bad yourself nice” for the line “I just saw wee Fergie across the road, he was buying you something nice.”

And when Isa asks for a “tattie scone” on the top of her fillings, the caption thinks she’s said “Back to school to tap.”

The amusing clip closes with Isa asking for a “wee tomato” on her roll, which Facebook picks up as “Wee slice it to my 10”.

Isa asks for it “to go” to which the waitress fires back “Aye, we’ve got a wheelbarrow out the back.” Facebook appears to give up on her strong Glasweigan accent at this point, simply stating: “Back”.

Facebook users were quick to respond to the clueless captions.

Tim Swindler wrote: “So that’s what Glasweigan sounds like to the untrained ear!”

Rebecca Muir commented: “Just watch how wrong these captions are. Lolzer.”

Amy Gray said: “My husband doesn’t get how I can understand it.”

Whilst Glinda Anderson from America added: “This is so funny to listen to, as I need practice for my ears so if I’m lucky enough to visit Scotland I can order a proper meal.”

The final installment the current series of Still Game will air this Friday, when Jack and Victor are placed into a care home.

The iconic duo are also returning to the stage next year for another live show at the SSE Hydro following the success of their 2014 performance.


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