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|About This Book||xi|
|In the Airport||8|
|Zoos and National Parks||32|
|Museums and Historic Sites||35|
|Rest Rooms, or "When the Need Strikes"||38|
|Culture and the Arts||41|
|Sports and Games||57|
|Visiting Embassies Overseas||63|
|Getting Around: Public Transportation||67|
|Getting Around: Driving||73|
|Shopping for Clothing and Accessories||95|
|Pampering Yourself: Visiting Beauty Shops and Spas||107|
|Learning the Local Language||139|
|Holidays and Special Events||149|
|In Case of Emergency||155|
|The Business Traveler||163|
|Government Agencies and Officials||181|
|The Local Media||185|
|So You're Planning to Live Overseas||193|
|Shopping for Essentials||197|
|Traveling with Children||213|
Posted March 14, 2010
In our travels, we often come across signs, banners, menus and other items written in English. sort of. This book is a collection of many, many instances of unintended but hilarious misuse of English. At airports, tourist sites, restaurants and other haunts frequented by English speakers, the signage is intended to help us find our way, if we don't speak the local language - but the results are sometimes pretty confusing!
The brilliant thing about this book is that it collects real examples from around the world (you couldn't make this stuff up if you tried!), and presents a real linguistic feast. I was laughing so hard I literally had tears rolling down my face while reading the book. I don't know if it will be quite as enjoyable for someone who had no interest in linguistics, but I think everyone will get a good laugh out of it.
My favorite quote? "We take you bags and send them in all directions", from a European airline. Indeed!
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Posted January 15, 2013