Some readers of Word Ways may be old enough to recall Fractured French: Jeanne d'Arc rendered as "no light in the toilet" and Honors de Balzac as "no hitting below the belt." Foreign languages are now much in decline and most people may not even get the joke in un deux trois quatre cing "one of the three kittens drowned."
"When in Rome, Make a Joke,"
Word Ways: Vol. 31
, Article 20.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol31/iss4/20