dry goods in China or a comedy of translation errors

Language Log: The Etiology and Elaboration of a Flagrant Mistranslation

People who see signs employing the f-word all over China, even in large stores and fancy restaurants, are not only aghast, they wonder how the dickens such a gross mistranslation could have originated and proliferated. Theories abound, to say the least. Amazing, fascinating, hilarious, and educational – I cannot recommend this link highly enough.

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