Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Of Roasted Brians and Other National Cousins

I've got to run this morning, so I'll just send you off to a funny column in the Moscow Times about mangled English in Azerbaijan.

Here's a taste (so to speak):
In restaurants, menus offer weird and wonderful dishes, from "Hot and Cold Snakes" to "Blins under Cold Sores." My personal favorite is "Roasted Brians."

Engrish.com is another source of these translation oddities, although there, sometimes, it's not so much mangled as just translated from one inscrutable culture to another, such as today's label on a pair of pants:

Mountaineer and Fisherman
of Favorite Style
Surprised Pants
The New State of Color
For Your Healthgiving

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