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Lost in Translation: Misadventures in English | Hardback

Released on 05 October 2006

Author: Charlie Croker | Format: Hardback

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In today's world - characterized by globalization, mass communication, cheap air travel and abundant Chinese takeaways - surely no self-respecting English-language enthusiast could have failed to notice the frequent and flagrant abuse of our native tongue by pesky foreigners? Forgetting, for a moment, the fact that many nations speak our language better than we do, and that most people's grasp, say, of Dutch, amounts to jabbing the "Lonely Planet" guidebook's picture of the Van Gogh Museum and saying 'Where?' loudly (and in English), it is nevertheless true to say that unintentional mistranslation is often hilarious. "Lost in Translation" features hundreds of genuine, original and utterly ridiculous examples of these experiments in linguistic expression, gathered from around the globe by the author and his intrepid team of researchers. Published in an attractive, gift-book format, "Lost in Translation" runs the gamut from hotel signs to baffling advertisements (such as the German beauty product offering a 'Cream shower for pretentious skin'), with all manner international meaning-mangling in between.

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AuthorCharlie Croker
PublisherMichael O'Mara Books Ltd (United Kingdom)
Year2006
ISBN9781843172086
FormatHardback - 176 Pages
IllustrationsIllustrations