A Joke About The Romans That Only Makes Sense In Spanish

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Oct 27, 2017 07:43
Julius Caesar was a powerful Roman general, responsible for the civil war that ended the Roman Republic and conduced to the establishment of the Roman Empire. He declared himself "dictator in perpetuity", at least, until he was stabbed to death by a group of senators.

One of the assassins, Decimus Brutus, was Julius Caesar protegee. According to history, the last words of Caesar were directed to Brutus, "you too, son?".

The Spanish name for Brutus is Bruto. But "bruto" also means "dumb/idiot". So a tricky general knowledge question that my uncle used to ask me was: "Who was killed by Brutus?", which in Spanish could be understood as "who was killed because he was dumb?"

The joke can also work in Italian, where the name "Bruto" is similar to "brutto". In that case, the question sounds like "who was killed for being ugly?"
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