[Sca-cooks] Beef stock paws or claws!
ladyadele at paradise.net.nz
Sun Jan 11 11:35:08 PST 2009
Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius wrote:
> On Jan 11, 2009, at 1:19 PM, Elaine Koogler wrote:
>> I think it's a matter of someone not speaking "the Queen's English"
>> as their
>> first language. It happens in a lot of languages...I don't recall
>> what the
>> exact translation meant, but, for example, in Japan, they had to
>> change the
>> Japanese version of the English name for Coca Cola as it came out
>> something pretty awful.
> As I recall, some original ad copy, translated into Japanese, was
> interpreted as "Coke restores life to your dead ancestors." Later,
> when attempts were made to repair this unfortunate colloquial error,
> it allegedly came out as, "Coke bites the wax tadpole." [The original
> in English was "Coke adds life."]
> I'm not sure I believe the second part, but it's a commonly repeated
There's a good explanation of the "wax tadpole" bit on Snopes
> And then, of course, there were stories of the mysteriously low sales
> numbers for the Chevrolet Nova automobile throughout the
> Spanish-speaking world. While, technically, it does sort of sound like
> "Chevy doesn't go", I find it hard to accept the idea that this is the
> first thing anybody who thinks in Spanish, which is derived from
> Latin, thinks when they hear that.
Another urban legend
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