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Some fractured or idiosyncratic English which I photographed this week in Italy.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 30, 2013 | Comments (12)
Category: Signage, Europe, Mistranslations

Les Franglaises

Explanation is here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 30, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Music, Europe, Mistranslations

Tinkle Comic


A most unfortunate choice of names for this Hindu comic.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 17, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Comics, India, Mistranslations

Funny Cut

Last week I was in Hamburg, Germany, for a literary conference. I snapped this foto at the Dammtor train station.

I am not sure of the wisdom of getting one's hair styled at a place with this name.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 08, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Hair Styling, Europe, Mistranslations

And The Angels Sing—Japanese Style!

Something tells me the lovely and enthusiastic Japanese singer here has learned her lyrics phonetically--and I'm not sure they emerge as English.

Original Glenn Miller version included for purposes of comparison.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 21, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Languages, Mistranslations, Music, Asia

Google Translation

I have a Google Alert keyed to my name, as most authors do. Imagine my surprise to find myself cited on a Taiwanese sci-fi fan page whose name Google chooses to translate thus. I hope the AMA does not find out I'm practicing cancer medicine without a license!

Click to enlarge image, if necessary!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 06, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Asia, Mistranslations
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