19 4 / 2014

allthingslinguistic:

stancarey:

allthingslinguistic:

Stan Carey draws my attention to this imgur thread on entertaining failures in translation: the comments both on Stan’s post and the imgur thread are very much worth it. (I’ve heard the name of the site pronounced /ɪmgɚ/ though: please don’t tell me this is another gif/jif or doge thing.)

I recall having a francophone geography teacher in high school who taught us about places like “Mexico Gulf” and “Fundy Bay” and important monuments such as “Liberty Statue”, much to the amusement of the class.

But it makes an interesting point that while French consistently creates constructions of the form “X de Y”, English alternates inconsistently between “X of Y” and “Y X”, so knowing which one English has opted for in a particular construction isn’t trivial. 

Another memorable translation error that I’ve seen is this restaurant menu, although in this case I can’t tell whether one language is a mistake or whether they’d genuinely rather only serve chicken to English-speakers and beef and shrimp to French-speakers.

Any more examples? (Also, trepidatiously, how would you pronounce imgur?)

I’ve a new post up the pronunciation of <i>imgur</i>. Even among Imgurians usage is very mixed, and a brief survey suggests the “official” pronunciation is dispreferred by, or unknown to, most people:

http://stancarey.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/how-do-you-pronounce-imgur-take-the-poll/

I’d definitely never heard this “official” pronunciation, so the people at imgur may be fighting a losing battle here. We’ll see what the survey ends up showing though! 

18 4 / 2014

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Happy Birthday Jessica!

18 4 / 2014

timelady-of-221b:

joeeatspeople:

yesidolikecoatsbigtime:

Types of people who romanticize small town life:

  1. People who didn’t grow up in small towns

#THE LOCALS AREN’T QUIRKY#THEY’RE RACIST

#THERE’S NOTHING TO DO
#EVERYONE’S ON DRUGS

(Source: thatssoproblematic, via froltonjoy)

18 4 / 2014

Anonymous asked: Not tryna be a creep, but I think we have the same desk

Not tryna be a creep but here is a link to the one I have

18 4 / 2014

Having Britain&#8217;s favourite Indian snacks at half 1 in the morning don&#8217;t judge

Having Britain’s favourite Indian snacks at half 1 in the morning don’t judge

17 4 / 2014

cryingzitao:

"why do you listen to kpop when you cant even understand it?"

image

(via kazie-chan)

17 4 / 2014

queengirl-lover:

say yeahh

16 4 / 2014

(Source: wooricholding, via snsd)

16 4 / 2014

methvevo:

should i message them again or am i just being really clingy and annoying: a life story by me

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15 4 / 2014

snsdconfessions:

I guess it’s impossible to have only ONE favorite SNSD song. If you have been listened to all of their song tracklists, you will be confused to choose only one song as your favorite though. Especially their Japanese songs. They all are masterpieces and I wonder why do SNSD’s Japanese songs are always be more interesting than the Korean ones.

snsdconfessions:

I guess it’s impossible to have only ONE favorite SNSD song. If you have been listened to all of their song tracklists, you will be confused to choose only one song as your favorite though. Especially their Japanese songs. They all are masterpieces and I wonder why do SNSD’s Japanese songs are always be more interesting than the Korean ones.

15 4 / 2014

"Summer time means to relax and enjoy your vacation. Especially with your girlfriends &lt;3" 
-Hwang Miyoung, 2007

"Summer time means to relax and enjoy your vacation. Especially with your girlfriends <3"

-Hwang Miyoung, 2007

(Source: soshified.com)

15 4 / 2014

(Source: fy-girls-generation, via snsd)