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What exactly is 'Hand Shredded A$$ Meat'? A new dictionary for Chinese restaurants may tell you
NBC News ^ | 4/21/2012 | Bo Gu

Posted on 04/21/2012 6:17:31 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy

BEIJING – Overseas tourists often find the menus here befuddling, for good reason.

After all, what Westerner has experience with foods like these? “Cowboy leg,” “Hand-shredded ass meat,” “Red-burned lion head,” “Strange flavor noodles,” “Blow-up flatfish with no result,” or “Tofu made by woman with freckles.”

As proud as the Chinese people are of their thousands of years of gastronomic culture, even a Chinese native can feel disoriented when going to another province, given all the different styles of cooking. Many of the food names, often unique to different provinces, get lost in translation, especially in booming cities starting to embrace overseas tourists.

With few English speakers, restaurants usually translate their menus word by word directly from an English-Chinese dictionary. Or they just Google the Chinese characters. A photo that made the rounds online a few years ago got a chuckle from a lot of people: a restaurant with a large “page not found” sign above its door as its English name.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: a; hand; inverted; meat; shredded
How often do you get to post an article title like that? ;)
1 posted on 04/21/2012 6:17:35 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: Ready4Freddy

Don’t cross me or I’ll do the #10 with egg roll on you.


2 posted on 04/21/2012 6:20:40 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Ready4Freddy
I used to use the tagline "Napolean fries the idea powder". I got it from a chinglish menu where it was listed as one of the food items. After many years I have yet to figure out what it could be.
3 posted on 04/21/2012 6:22:03 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Romney's judicial appointments were more radical than Obama's)
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To: Ready4Freddy
Required reading: Engrish.com
4 posted on 04/21/2012 6:22:22 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Ready4Freddy
“Hand-shredded ass meat,” ...


5 posted on 04/21/2012 6:22:58 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mvpel

Ahh, the inverted kind!


6 posted on 04/21/2012 6:25:38 AM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: mvpel

I see we have a USDA employee to inspect those. Your taxes at work.


7 posted on 04/21/2012 6:33:29 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Romney's judicial appointments were more radical than Obama's)
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To: Crazieman

Nothing but the very best!


8 posted on 04/21/2012 6:34:58 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (In the final analysis the trouble with Muslim democracy is the Muslims.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

“That wasn’t chicken” Chicken.


9 posted on 04/21/2012 6:35:30 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Cinese Chicken go Meow!


10 posted on 04/21/2012 6:39:38 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Ready4Freddy

You no get dog here. Obama special at Indonesian restaurant down the street.


11 posted on 04/21/2012 6:44:16 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Paine in the Neck

From my b-school IT class, the anecdote about the first English-Russian/Russian-English translation program, inputting “The spirit is strong, but the flesh is weak” came back out as “The drink is strong, but the meat is bad.”


12 posted on 04/21/2012 6:47:41 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: mvpel

In Soviet Russia, ass meat shreds you!


13 posted on 04/21/2012 6:52:29 AM PDT by mykroar (A vote for Romney IS a vote for Obama.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
No wonder Obama likes them so much.

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14 posted on 04/21/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Calvin Locke

I heard that one came from an early USAF translating computer project. Another one was

“Out of sight, out of mind” —> “Blind, insane”


15 posted on 04/21/2012 7:11:01 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: mvpel

LOL! You photoshopped that one, didn’t you? WTH are *those things*? NO, I don’t want to know.


16 posted on 04/21/2012 7:11:17 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Calvin Locke

BTW, I heard the first one as “The spirit is willing....”


17 posted on 04/21/2012 7:11:58 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Caipirabob

Chinese SPCA motto: “To Serve Dogs.”


18 posted on 04/21/2012 7:13:48 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: mvpel

The funny word there is “inverted”.


19 posted on 04/21/2012 7:32:48 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Erasmus
Could be, could be.

Been twenty years. Need...more...coffee...

IOW, your version is probably the right one.

20 posted on 04/21/2012 7:33:31 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Paine in the Neck
Then there was the first attempt that Coca Cola made to advertise in China. It turns out that "Coca Cola" phonetically translates to "bite the wax tadpole". They hired a linguist after the horrific first attempt at advertising. When Disney built its park in Japan, the translations for some of the rides audio tracks drove the imagineers to distraction. For example the first translation for "dead men tell no tales" on the pirates of the caribbean ride came out to "there is no mouth on a dead person".

CC

21 posted on 04/21/2012 7:36:53 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: Ready4Freddy

They got the menus mixed up. That’s the menu from the bath house in San Francisco.


22 posted on 04/21/2012 7:41:54 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Ready4Freddy

23 posted on 04/21/2012 7:47:59 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Ready4Freddy

“What exactly is ‘Hand Shredded A$$ Meat’?”

Do you REALLY want to know?


24 posted on 04/21/2012 7:48:08 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Wordkraft

Barney Frank wants to know.


25 posted on 04/21/2012 7:49:04 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Erasmus; Calvin Locke
Heard yet other versions:

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" became "The ghost is agreeable, but the meat is soft," and,

"Out of sight, out of mind" became "invisible maniac."

26 posted on 04/21/2012 7:55:22 AM PDT by dorothy ( "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: goseminoles

I dunno...the notion of a non-boneless version is ....?

Just go to www.engrish.com for plenty more.

Adults who are not offended by naughty words can select the “Adult” category for some funny stuff. Bear in mind that in most cases either they don’t understand the meaning of the word, or are applying a secondary meaning of some translated English four-letter words.


27 posted on 04/21/2012 7:55:27 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: mvpel

“Boneless Pork Rectums”

Imagine that! Several cases full of frozen LIBERALS! ;)


28 posted on 04/21/2012 8:15:37 AM PDT by Levante
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To: mvpel

Very popular in San Francisco.


29 posted on 04/21/2012 8:26:58 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: goseminoles

better inverted than prolapsed I guess.....


30 posted on 04/21/2012 8:29:10 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: dfwgator

Barney should go ask Larry Sinclair.Larry knows.


31 posted on 04/21/2012 8:30:39 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Ready4Freddy

It could be like stumpwhipped chitlins.


32 posted on 04/21/2012 8:47:47 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: baddog 219

Chickety China the Chinese Chicken!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TApoPLBRYQw


33 posted on 04/21/2012 9:07:22 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Years ago I worked in Venezuela and ate out all the time. At one very nice restaurant the waiter suggested “Gordon Blub”. We went with something else. Turned out he was suggesting Chicken Cordon Bleu.


34 posted on 04/21/2012 10:39:14 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: mvpel

If the label said "Spineless", I'd swear there were Republicans inside.

35 posted on 04/21/2012 10:45:21 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
The clumsiness of the Chinese language, and a lot of other world languages, is the reason why I get so upset when I see grown adults mangle our precious English language.

Just peruse through a few threads here at FR and you'll see adults post messages at a 9 yr. old reading level. The misspelled words and punctuation errors are legion.

36 posted on 04/21/2012 10:51:03 AM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: carriage_hill

No Photoshop, sorry:

http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=2926

http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=65388


37 posted on 04/21/2012 1:58:19 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Wordkraft

>>>“What exactly is ‘Hand Shredded A$$ Meat’?”

pulled pork butt.


38 posted on 04/21/2012 2:03:09 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
The clumsiness of the Chinese language

I doubt the Chinese language is clumsy to the Chinese. : ),

English has its origins in the old Western Germanic language and then saw an influx of Old Norse words with the Viking invasions and subsequent settlements. The Norman invasion in 1066 had its influences that can still hear today in the modern English vocabulary.

During the Renaissance, Latin and Ancient Greek supplanted Norman and French as the main source of new words. As result English developed into very much a "borrowing" language with an enormously disparate vocabulary. Of course we in America have added even more words to our vocabulary borrowed from the various immigrant groups over the years; Italians, Eastern Europeans, Latinos, etc.

Modern English is a very rich and dynamic language but that is also what makes it difficult to learn, speak and write correctly and also what makes it difficult to translate from other languages.

I’m not a linguist nor do I know a lot about the Chinese language but as I understand, the Chinese language, while it has many dialects, has not changed much over time and does not have near as many words in common usage or as many words with similar but not quite the same meaning or words that sound the same but have completely different meanings as does English. And that makes for some very unintentionally humorous translations.

39 posted on 04/21/2012 2:31:01 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Keith in Iowa

It’s likely donkey meat. Donkey is pretty common in some regions.


40 posted on 04/21/2012 4:02:59 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: mvpel

I was just kidding, m. I sort of *knew* it’d be what it was labeled. I used to loved steamed pork dumplings and all dim sum; now I’m not so sure.


41 posted on 04/21/2012 4:32:13 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

bttt


42 posted on 04/22/2012 12:13:59 AM PDT by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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