“Make Today Ridiculously” and other cringey English in Chinese fashion


If you’ve traveled internationally, or use the internet at all, you’ve probably seen examples of “translation fails.” Like, those signs whose English has just been lost-in-translation.

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Welcome back to the “Pearl of the Orient”

We arrived back in China on September 2, 2017 after a month-long vacay in the US. After our 11-hour plane ride from Sea-Tac to Incheon, we walked to our next gate for our flight to Shanghai. We did the same route when we flew over, and I excitedly spent the short 2-hour layover exploring the duty-free shops selling Korean specialties (kimchi, seaweed, and the like) as well as cosmetics.

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Best worst week of my life

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As the saying goes: Things never go according to plan. One might deem it a setback; just life’s recurring milestone to lordly remind us of our frantic existence. Like forlorn subjects, we move on. Perhaps briefly we’re annoyed, but ultimately—or forcedly, rather—we forget.

But then there are other things—like things that say, require months in advance of meticulous planning. These are far and away the contrary. When these things go unrealized. . .

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