Utterly Lost in Translation

Even more misadventures in English abroad

The third in the Lost in Translation series. When do I get the Nobel prize for services to linguistics?

Utterly Lost in Translation

Even more misadventures in English abroad

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And still they come ... Favourites this time? The electrical wire cutters from China: ‘Before use, please read this instruction for god's sake'. The menu item in Italy: ‘Overcooked to the Chianti'. The pool sign in Greece: ‘Each swimmer before coming to the space of swimming pool owes to go to the bathroom for urination and then to have a bath of cleaness.' Important lessons for life, I trust you'll agree.


‘The world's worst English language blunders revealed ... some of the very best language howlers.' The Mirror

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Greyhound

A greyhound can accelerate from 0 to 45 mph in 1 second. This makes it the second-fastest accelerating animal on the planet, after the cheetah. A really striking way of learning about bio-mechanics - the greyhound can accelerate that quickly because it's so light, yet has such powerful legs. When the BBC's Top Gear raced one against a Mazda MX5 the greyhound accelerated more quickly - the Mazda has so much more weight to shift.