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In The Princess Bride, in the scene where Inigo and Fezzik hire Miracle Max to restore Westley to life, the following dialogue occurs:

Miracle Max:

I make him better, Humperdinck suffers?

Inigo:

Humiliations galore.

Miracle Max:

Ha ha ha! [Mumbles something.] That is a noble cause! Give me the sixty-five! I'm on the job!

(YouTube link)

What does Miracle Max mumble?

Some dubious transcripts online state that he says "I'm gonna lick the Dalmatian," but I doubt that is accurate.

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  • Would be great if you had a youtube of the scene Oct 30, 2019 at 11:07
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    The Blu-ray subtitles say "(scatting)", which means saying nonsense words (Scat singing - Wikipedia). It might actually be something in Yiddish though. Oct 30, 2019 at 14:48
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    I always thought it was Yiddish
    – Dpeif
    Oct 31, 2019 at 0:36
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    I always heard, “Hide a little Danish.”
    – 2540625
    Aug 8, 2021 at 18:31
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    The last couple syllables always sounded like some kind of elongated, sing-song version of "humiliation." Like he's somehow re-stating the goal to himself in his zeal. I think there are either 6 or 7 syllables in total (from my memory).
    – Tom
    Feb 24, 2022 at 4:51

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It's unclear but it seems that this may just have been Billy Crystal ad-libbing a few words.

Certainly the original book by William Goldman has nothing and the same is true in his screenplay adaptation.

“Humiliations galore,” Inigo said.

“Now that’s what I call a worth-while reason,” Miracle Max said. “Give me the sixty-five; I’m on the case.”

The Princess Bride - Novel by William Goldman


                    INIGO
        Humiliations galore!

                    MIRACLE MAX
        That is a noble cause. Give me
       the sixty-five, I'm on the job.

The Princess Bride - Screenplay by William Goldman

The Blu-Ray subtitles would also seem to indicate that this is just nonsense ad-libbing as they just read "SCATTING" which is described by Wikipedia as...

In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all. In scat singing, the singer improvises melodies and rhythms using the voice as an instrument rather than a speaking medium.

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He sings “I’m gonna lick the Le Méchant!”

Le Méchant is French wich can be translated; bad, jerk, naughty child, wicked, villain, etc.

Miracle Max is exclaiming that he is going to lick (get/punish) the evil villain, Humperdinck by helping Wesley, Inigo, and Fezzik. The actor of Miracle Max was not simply improvising gibberish.

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    Can you offer any evidence that this is what he's supposed to have said?
    – Valorum
    Oct 6, 2023 at 6:33

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