Made in China (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Tue Dec 28 18:49:38 UTC 2010

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Chinglish is a name applied to poorly translated instructions from non-English speaking sources.

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> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
> Victor Steinbok
> Sent: Monday, December 27, 2010 6:40 PM
> Subject: Made in China
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> Poster:       Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject:      Made in China
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>  From packaging:
> "Easy to Install: Replaces most locks with only a screwdriver
> "Fácil de instalar: Reemplaza la mayoría de las carraduras con tan sólo
> un destornillador"
> Usually, I replace locks with other locks or, in a pinch, with a piece
> of gum (just kidding, on the latter). But I've never replaced a lock
> with a screwdriver!
> Seriously, there is a perfectly plausible reading of this (which, I am
> sure, Ron would have pointed out if I did not). But it's not even the
> primary reading--and, I suspect, this would hold for most people. I am
> sure, there is a name for this, but it escapes me at the moment.
>      VS-)
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