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...

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...

How to Make Your Restaurant Not Suck

Going to a restaurant should be a pleasant experience, but sometimes, it is not. Based on my own experience. Here are some egregious examples of such situations. 1. Do not watch a movie and make everybody listen to it This one happened to me. The owner of the restaurant was watching a movie in his computer. I could barely see the little screen but I knew he was watching some action movie. How did I know that? Because he had connected his computer to the sound system of the restaurant and everyone could hear the gunshots and the explosions loud and clear. When we complained to the waiter, the owner lowered the sound of the movie… a bit. 2....

How to Ruin a Relationship Feb05

How to Ruin a Relati...

Say you found your special someone and you are now in a happy relationship. You might think it’s time to work it out into something more stable, but you’d be so wrong. If romantic comedies have taught us something, it’s that after a few dates, it’s time to go through a major conflict that...

How to Prepare for 2017 Jan07

How to Prepare for 2017

2016 if finally finished and many people are breathing a sigh of relief. However, do not fall into the temptation of letting your guard down. There is no guarantee that 2017 isn’t lullying you into a false sense of security so that it can strike while we’re distracted watching the seventh season of Games of Thrones. This is why we have to take a hint or two from 2016. 1. Protect your wild animals from other people’s children If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that children present a serious safety hazard for wild animals all around the world. Just hanging around with one of those little fellows can get you shot....