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Old 12-10-2006, 10:37 AM   #16
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I was recently interpreting over dinner for a mixed party of Russian and English speakers. Unfortunately, the hotel hadn't thought to ask me to translate the menu into Russian, they'd simply put it through a web-based translator ... some of it came out OK, some didn't. I give below retranslations into English of the worst bits:
"Parmesan custard Caesar style: With bread croutons he crisps the parmesan and roasts the garlic dressing;
Bosom of guinea fowl: Cumin puree smelling of a Swedish national, he buttered the Savoy cabbage and the potato paste lump;
Make the tuile biscuits crisp: Layered with pistachio mousse, milk chocolate ice cream and with mixed jam of a berry;
Recent coffee foundation with fine feuers" .
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Old 12-10-2006, 03:45 PM   #17
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I know a chip shop where they sells Chip's, Pie's, Chicken Nugget's etc.
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:28 PM   #18
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It just makes me batty. I can't even post about it. If I do I'll just start freaking out.
Your kidding. :p
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:21 PM   #19
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It's not his kidding; it's their kidding. & at once.

My favorite restaurant menu-mutterer is still the like of "served with au jus." The French Dip sandwich entry invariably draws my eye to check.
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:53 PM   #20
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It's not his kidding; it's their kidding. & at once.

My favorite restaurant menu-mutterer is still the like of "served with au jus." The French Dip sandwich entry invariably draws my eye to check.

I agree, and most places do it anyway.
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:54 PM   #21
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mmmm...... wonders just how many Russian parties visit Arran...

(and in Douglas Adams mode..... where in the world can I fnd a Russian Interpreter..... why, where else but a small island within the west coast of Scotland...)
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:56 PM   #22
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With me it runs about half and half. Denny's (U.S. restaurant chain) gets it right... maybe International House of Pancakes does too, can't recall.
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Old 12-22-2006, 02:05 AM   #23
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Handprinted sign in Chinese takeaway -

"Flied Lice Special"

Ugh.
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Old 12-22-2006, 09:28 AM   #24
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What were they thinking?? Let's see, we pronounce the "r" as an "l" which means we have to write it that way? Or perhaps they have mostly chinese customers who will understand it.
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Old 12-22-2006, 01:03 PM   #25
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Or they know full well that every well-meaning, bending over backwards not to appear racist customer that they have says it that way, but not when they order.

I think it's very funny.
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Old 12-22-2006, 02:39 PM   #26
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Flied lice, velly nice.
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Old 12-23-2006, 11:24 PM   #27
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take a drive thru this part of western georgia.. but whatever you do if you have a nit picky linguistic bone... do not i repeat DO NOT actually stop and talk to anyone..
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Old 12-26-2006, 02:07 AM   #28
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I dunno... "When the skull is thick, use discussion by percussion..."
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Old 08-25-2007, 05:45 PM   #29
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Why even bother?
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Old 08-25-2007, 07:12 PM   #30
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Recent coffee foundation .
Isn't that a non-profit in Seattle?
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