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Lost in Translation

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This week on A Way with Words: When traveling abroad, are you charmed by mistranslations? Martha and Grant discuss China’s effort to eradicate awkward English before the Olympics. And . . . podcast o

Lost in Translation

Originally aired March 24, 2007

(Photo: Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon--in drag--think they've fallen into a "tub of butter" when they join Marilyn Monroe and an all-girl band in Some Like It Hot. MGM/UA )

When traveling abroad, are you charmed or bothered by mangled English translations? Martha and Grant discuss China's attempt to rid Beijing of awkward English in time for the 2008 Olympics.

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After Grant's slang quiz, you'll never confuse a "nature bump" and "hogger."

Also, why do military folk shout "Hooah!," and why do some Southerners exclaim, "I swannee!"? Is "falling into a tub of butter" a good thing or a bad thing, and what do you do when you "tink"?

Martha and Grant discuss the difference between a "pub" and a "bar," and take another shot at helping a caller find a word for the "points on a compass."
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