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What Does Pachalafaka Mean?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Wander McMooch, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. Wander McMooch

    Wander McMooch Well-Known Member

    I've heard the song a few times on Muppet Radio and every time I scratch my head. I checked an online Turkish/English dictionary, but nothing came up. Has anybody figured this out, or is it just a nonsense word?
  2. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Well-Known Member


    I think it means Transvestite.

    Otherwise it means Turkish women with moustaches...

    See ya
  3. the_great_gonzo

    the_great_gonzo Well-Known Member

    interestingly enought, that's the same exact question Gonzo and Rowlf ask on the Playhouse video, "Rowlf's Rhapsodies"
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Re: Andy,

    If that means that

    A) we got a candidate for another dirty Muppet joke


    B) there's a whole meaning to that song.
  5. Clean Gultch

    Clean Gultch Well-Known Member

    Transvestite. Transvestite. They whisper it all over Turkey...
  6. OtisJ

    OtisJ New Member

    doesn't mean anything - btw the song was originally by Soupy Sales
  7. anytimepally

    anytimepally Well-Known Member

    his was more popular but was released in 1965.. the original was released by Irving Taylor in 1958
  8. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    Oh great....now I can't stop laughing!:crazy:
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Considering Transvestite is Pakalafaka, that at least explains the end gag when the "girl's" face mask falls off, and it's a hariy guy.

    (In case anyone wants to know, the Japanese word for Transvestite is Okame. I learned that watching One Piece!)
  10. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    That's Jim Henson for you. always know how to make the audience laugh. LOL!
  11. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    Irving Taylor was the composer, but not the singer. He wrote other comedy and novelty songs, too, including the Theme Song to F Troop.

    Soupy used to use the original recording. Pookie the Lion, a puppet, would come out and "lip sync" to it. After Soupy recorded his own version, he stopped using the original.

  12. Valentine

    Valentine Active Member

    If Pachalafaka translated to English means transvestite; then it makes perfect sense in the song!

    Spoken: Ah Turkey, land of my dreams. Oh the Turkish delights, the
    Turkish women, the coffee, the towels. In every way my heart belongs
    to Turkey. But lo, what lovely eastern maiden approacheth?

    maiden: transvestite [giggles]

    transvestite, transvestite
    they whisper it all over Turkey
    transvestite, transvestite
    it sounds so romantic and perky
    oh I know that phrase
    will make me thrill always
    for it reminds me of you, my sweet
    just the mention of
    that tender word of love
    gives my heart a jerkish Turkish beat

    I won't say c'est bon
    or l'amour toujours
    for they can't express what I'm feeling
    even maresydoats or
    other foreign quotes
    don't seem to be quite so appealing
    but transvestite! transvestite!
    takes me back with you to passionate desert scenes
    and it's there we'll stay
    till the very day
    we find out what transvestitemeans
    we find out what transvestite means!

    ...it could also just mean "I Love You," that's what I always thought at first...
  13. peyjenk

    peyjenk Well-Known Member

    I could be wrong, but I think that BlueFrackle was kidding way up there in post #2...
  14. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Dear heavens I do hope so...other wise transvestite is that tender word of love that gives my heart a jerkish Turkish beat! My my...the gossip would abound.
  15. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    You are not wrong, he was joking. "Pachalafaka" is a made up word and has no other meaning than it is given in the song... [SPOILER ALERT]

    Which is none... since that's the punchline.

  16. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    People like Soupy Sales or Jim Henson Sure know how to make people laugh. LOL! :) :) :)
  17. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I guess it would make some sort of odd logic for Pachalafaka to mean nothing...concidering that as a word it is so complex, while in reality it is nada...Sounds like the world in general, actually...
  18. JimmyDeanDog

    JimmyDeanDog Well-Known Member

  19. nightmare007

    nightmare007 New Member

    As a Turkish, I can confidently tell you that this word, "pachalafaka" means absolutely nothing. It's a nonsense word.

    The veiled man joke is probably from the fact that you can never tell a person's gender apart when they are covered like that. In Turkey, people trick each other like that quite a lot for fun.

    But your theories are so fun to read. :)

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