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Con cua or con ghẹ?

Saturday, 25 December, 2021

There are two Việt words for crabs that you might hear frequently, cua and ghẹ, but there seems to be some confusion over the difference. Google Translate unhelpfully renders both of them as “crab” when translating to English. Well, cua refers to crabs in general, and not just true crabs (brachyura), but also the other […]

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Connotations

Friday, 26 December, 2008

SBS showed Gérard Pirès’ film Les Chevaliers du Ciel last night. It’s got fast jets and hot girls, and it’s set against the backdrop of beautiful France. What’s not to like? I’ll tell you what — the stupid English translation of the film title: Sky Fighters. The French title means “Knights of the Sky” which, […]

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Catgirls

Wednesday, 16 August, 2006

You know the catgirls that proliferate manga, anime and video games? (These are typically girls with cat-like features, such as cat ears and tails. Look at Zoey/Ichigo from Mew Mew Power for an example.) Or maybe you’ve seen catgirls on the streets of Japanese cities. (These are typically schoolgirls who, for the sake of fashion, […]

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