Ebichu: Episodes 7 &...

WARNING! NOT SAFE FOR WORK Ebichu the housekeeping hamster is anime for adults. It was originally broadcast on late-night television in Japan. As good-hearted as she is, Ebichu has no impulse control. Her slacker master is abusive, but Ebichu is endlessly forgiving. (We have to make a...

One Wife, Happy Life

Polygamy, which has been in the news quite a bit recently, is the practice or custom of having more than one spouse. Polygamy usually consists of a man having multiple wives. However, it can also consist of a woman having more than one husband. But this is extremely rare as few women want to pick up after more than one man. This lifestyle has been discussed more since the airing of the HBO drama Big Love about a fictional family that practiced polygamy (the normal kind, i.e. a man with many wives). And on TLC there is a show called Sister Wives which is a reality show about a real life polygamist family. Sister Wives documents the life of...

Ebichu: Episodes 5 &...

WARNING! NOT SAFE FOR WORK Ebichu the housekeeping hamster is anime for adults. It was originally broadcast on late-night television in Japan. As good-hearted as she is, Ebichu has no impulse control. Her slacker master is abusive, but Ebichu is endlessly forgiving. (We have to make a...

Good Bad Translations Mar12

Good Bad Translations

Translating is not as easy as many people think. Words do not always have a one-to-one equivalent in another language. Add slang, localisms, sayings and other nuances and it becomes easier to make a mistake. Fortunately, sometimes some translations are so bad, they’re good. Here are a few of them. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 When not busy mixing his whites with colors, Flippy works as a writer, translator, and language teacher. In his free time, he plays video games, takes photos, and writes funny stuff. You can find his humor book, Flippy’s Life Lessons Stuff Every Single Man Should Know, published by Relentlessly Creative Books on...

Ebichu: Episodes 3 &...

WARNING! NOT SAFE FOR WORK Ebichu the housekeeping hamster is anime for adults. It was originally broadcast on late-night television in Japan. As good-hearted as she is, Ebichu has no impulse control. Her slacker master is abusive, but Ebichu is endlessly forgiving. (We have to make a...

Ebichu: Episodes 1 &...

WARNING! NOT SAFE FOR WORK Ebichu the housekeeping hamster is anime for adults. It was originally broadcast on late-night television in Japan. As good-hearted as she is, Ebichu has no impulse control. Her slacker master is abusive, but Ebichu is endlessly forgiving. (We have to make a...

Tweaking Language Mar04

Tweaking Language

This week, I learned that apparently a cartoon series for girls is racist, that there was a war on Wikipedia about the gender of Garfield, and that Cardiff Metropolitan University banned words such as manpower and girls. This trend is going to continue. So, I’ve decided to help universities, writers, movie makers, and other creators make some more changes to the language and some titles of known works in order to avoid offending someone’s feelings. And if you’re one of them reading this, you’re welcome. I’ve even put them into nice little categories for easy classification: Everyday Phrases An arm and a leg...