communicative catastrophe" -- Scotland on Sunday, 1 Oct 06
"a wonderful collection of recent outrageous howlers from all
over the world" -- Irish Independent, 28 Sept 06
"too funny for public transport" -- Sunday Times Travel Magazine, December 06
a hilarious new book Lost in Translation is a collection of
linguistic lunacy from around the world. -- Sunday Mail, 8 Oct 06
the book which is registering highest on the giggleometer this
autumn is Charlie Croker's wonderfully funny Lost in Translation... -- THE Book Magazine, Oct 06
very funny... beautifully illustrated -- The Spectator, 2 Dec 06
"Lost in Translation" features hundreds of genuine, original and utterly ridiculous examples of the misadventures in English discovered all over the world by the author and his intrepid team of researchers - everything from hotel signs to baffling advertisements, such as the German beauty product offering a 'Cream shower for pretentious skin' or the Japanese bar that boasts 'Special cocktails for ladies with nuts', or the French warning at a swimming pool - 'Swimming is forbidden in the absence of the saviour.'
From the Publisher
When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn
In A Yugoslavian hotel room:
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid
On a Japanese teabag:
Do not wet with water
On a French menu:
An extract of fowl, peached or sunside up
On A Chinese candle:
Keep this candle out of children
In a Norwegian bar:
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar
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In a Yugoslavian hotel room: The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.
On a Japanese teabag: Do not wet with water.
On a French menu: An extract of fowl, peached or sunside up.
On a Chinese candle: Keep this candle out of children.
In a Norwegian bar: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.
In a Czech zoo: NO SMOOTHEN THE LION.
Chinese sign: Little grass is smiling slightly, please walk on the pavement.
Indian national park notice: Ramganga River is inhabited by crocodiles. Swimming is prohibited. Survivors will be prosecuted.
Hotel pool, Istanbul: No diving. No nakedness. No ruining.