Posted by: Jack Henry | August 24, 2016

Editor’s Corner: You’re safer with prison

I’m always looking for new and interesting books on grammar, English, words, and other such things to share with you. One of my recent purchases did not end up being a favorite, but I have found a few things I can share with you. This book is called I Never Knew There Was a Word for It, by Adam Jacot de Boinod.

This first piece is from page 447 and is titled “You’re safer with prison.” It is a list of words that mean something completely different in English than they do in other languages. Travelers beware!

· Atum Bom: Portuguese tinned tuna

· Bimbo: Mexican bread (We know this one!)

· Kevin: French aftershave

· Polio: Czech detergent

· Vaccine: Dutch aftershave

· Flirt: Austrian cigarettes

· Naked: New Zealand fruit and nut bar

· Noisy: French butter

· Happy: Swiss chocolate

· Prison: Ugandan body spray

Kara Church

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