The following were reportedly winners in a New York Magazine contest in which contestants were to take a well-known expression in a foreign language, change a single letter, and provide a definition for the new expression.
Can you drive a French motorcycle?
We're wild and crazy guys!
VENI, VIPI, VICI
I came, I'm a very important person, I conquered.
COGITO EGGO SUM
I think; therefore I am a waffle.
The cat is dead.
RESPONDEZ S'IL VOUS PLAID
Honk if you're Scottish.
QUE SERA SERF
Life is feudal.
LE ROI EST MORT. JIVE LE ROI.
The king is dead. No kidding.
Death styles of the rich and famous.
PRO BOZO PUBLICO
Support your local clown.
MONAGE A TROIS
I am three years old.
Our cat has a boat.
Fast French food.
VENI, VIDI, VICE
I came, I saw, I partied.
QUIP PRO QUO
A fast retort.
Love; greetings; farewell; from such a pain you should never know.
Tons of luck.
ICH LIEBE RICH
I'm really crazy about having dough.
What's mine is mine.
VISA LA FRANCE
Don't leave your chateau without it.
CA VA SANS DIRT
And that's not gossip.
Thanks for nothin'!
L'ETAT, C'EST MOO
I'm bossy around here.
Cogito, ergo spud
I think, therefore I Yam. (OK, more than one letter.)
VENI, VIDI, VELCRO
I came, I saw, I stuck around (OK, another exception.)
Here are more in a similar vein:
"Cogito ergo Spam"
(I'm pink therefore I'm Spam)
(The pizza dude is here)
"Auda similarum ad seattles"
(They all sound like Pearl Jam)
(Sieze the wrinkled dog)
"Nucleo predicus dispella conducticus"
(Remove foil before microwaving)
(Hold on, I'm going into a tunnel)
"Il guyus nissanem iste ickye"
(That Nissan guy gives me the creeps)
"Bodicus mutilatimus, unemploymi forevercus"
(Better take the nose ring out before the job interview)
"E puribus tupac"
(Rap is everywhere)
"Robotisticus governantimus inevitabilitus"
(Al Gore is going to be President)
"Ignoramus microsoftus multa pecunia dat"
(Yeah, where DO I want to go today?)
"Et tu, pluribus unum"
(The government just stabbed me in the back)
"Nunc tutus exitus computarus"
(It is now safe to turn off your computer)