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The Japanese Have A Special Word For Mom

December 14th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

As with every culture, the Japanese have words that are difficult to translate into other languages. Most well-known among them are honne, one’s “true feelings and desires,” and tatemae, “the behavior and opinions one displays in public.” There’s also a Japanese word, yoko meshi, for the “stress induced by speaking a foreign language.”

Then there’s this one from the 20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World list:

But, see, here’s where I’m confused. Because I always thought the word for that person was just… “Mom”?

What you can't see in this picture is the invisible gun Mom's holding to her child's head.

[Matador Abroad: 20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World]
[NPR: Translating the Untranslatable]

Thanks, Angela!

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond

July 31st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

My sources tell me that the tagline on the Japanese poster for The September Issue, a highbrow feature doc exploring the inscrutable relationship between Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington of Vogue Magazine, translates to…

“Fashion- It is essential for life, and it shines me.”*

Um. I’m not sure what that sentence has to do with magazine publishing, or what it even means exactly… but boy, does it seem true!!! Fashion does shine me! I think!

[IMDB: The September Issue]

*Massive addendum: Reader Karan pointed out to us that the tagline of the film on this poster most certainly does not translate to anything about shining–a kernel of MISINFORMASIAN that we pulled directly from a PR flack’s outbox. As much as we hate to admit it, we were wrong. Shame on us for believing such nonsense! There’s a lesson to be learned: Don’t trust Diana’s sources!!!

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SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN: Redefining "Big in Japan"

February 27th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Sayonara, bitches! Barry Bonds may be headed to Japan.

Bonds’ agent Jeff Borris has been trying to land a deal for his 43 year-old client with the Tampa Bay Rays (they presumably removed the “Devil” from their name because they blame Satan for sucking), but he remains open to internasianal options:

“He’s not retiring,” Bonds’ agent, Jeff Borris, told Metro yesterday. “He intends to play somewhere. If a door doesn’t open for Barry in the major leagues, as unbelievable as that possibility sounds, then Japan certainly is an option.”

Bonds in Japan? Getting lost in translasian might be just what Bonds needs, what with his winning personality. And it sure beats jail.

That said, the criminalization of steroids is bullshit. Bud Selig needs to step it up and keep testing, fining, suspensions, and all other punishment in-house. Ban players from the league, don’t let them get thrown in jail. The Congressional Steroid Circus is only a waste of our fuckin’ tax dollars.


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