And yet, if you use Babel Fish to translate a joke, such as:
Why did the chicken cross the road?You get:
To get to the other side!
warum kreuzte das Huhn die Straße?Not a funny-looking word in the whole damn thing (well, "gelangen" is kind of funny). Maybe it's because the English word "chicken" is one of our funnier words (hello "K" sound) and the German word for "chicken", "huhn", is not funny at all.
Damit er an die andere Seite gelangen kann!*
That's where it hinges, I think. Maybe way back when the Germans developed their language, they didn't find chickens funny, and if you don't find chickens funny, then there's really no hope for you.
*You do have to tweak the english version a bit to read "so that it can arrive at the other side!" to get the grammar right.