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Let’s Pretend

One of the original movie streaming companies asked me to do quality control on the dubbed German version of a TV series. The pay they offered was not too shabby, and I said yes. Alas, I had to find my own way to watch the German episodes. Fear...

Funny Subject Line

Many on-line businesses send out messages to keep you informed about the progress of your order or the time and date of shipping your goods. Such messages are, of course, computer generated and they often look that way – poorly laid out in...

Stop Protection

Most of you will be familiar with this problem: You receive a protected Word file but you need to make changes to it. Nobody knows the password or is willing to find out. Before you give in and try to download one of the numerous utilities...

Hold the Cheese

Last Saturday, LA’s No. 1 Currywurst Truck was parked at the Westgate Media Park, down the road from me at the corner of Armacost Avenue and La Grange Avenue. (Interesting aside: My dashboard navigator seems to think that the...

Shipwrecked

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Bee Serious

Dear @latimes, Today, again, you couldn’t help yourself and ruined a perfectly good headline with a groan-inducing pun. Why? Does it help getting the message across? Does it signal that you find the issue ridiculous? I consider you a...

Pizza Feng Shui

You know it has to be California when the top daily newspaper in the state writes in a restaurant review: The haphazardly arranged dining room has all the feng shui of your downstairs closet… They were talking about the pizza restaurant...
recent from 懐かし Saarbrücker Gespräch
Jürgen Albers also attended Ludwigsgymnasium, an all-boys classical grammar school in Saarbrücken. We both belonged to a very unusual, small group of students – we decided to continue voluntarily with Latin for another three years after receiving our advanced Latin qualifications (Großes Latinum). My...
recent from Translation Frozen
Who would have guessed that it is the movie industry that seems to revert the race-to-the-bottom trend in foreign-language localization? The same industry that is notorious for nonsensical translations of movie titles? Well, “reverting” is maybe an exaggeration, but read the Rebecca Keegan...
recent from Language Stuff First Person Subjunctive
It is not that often that one finds the first person plural present subjunctive in the wild. The pop genre is probably not a place one would have expected it. But the The Magnetic Fields, named after the André Breton novel Les Champs Magnétiques, are not your usual band. One song on their 1999...
recent from Business What Are The Odds?
For websites built on the WordPress platform, you can either design your own pages or you can use one of a large number of “themes.” I have always felt that it is unnecessary to re-invent the wheel, so to speak: Themes can be used as they are, or they can be modified to fit a specific purpose or...