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Say it in Chinglish

by Lost At E Minor in Culture on 08 January 2008


Chinglish is rampant in China. It's so prevalent that the government has dispatched teams of bloggers and linguists to clean up signs all over Beijing in the lead-up to the 2008 Olympic Games. The f-word has mysteriously cropped up in many signs and until now government officials have been baffled and expats amused. Sinologist Victor Mair recently announced that he may have found the culprit: a translation program that translates the Chinese "gan," meaning "dry" or "to do" as the most notorious word in the English language.


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