December 14, 2007
Ubiquipedia: Product Naming Now Available in Restaurants
We've talked about the strange names that show up on Chinese menus before. Now Mark Liberman at Language Log has unearthed a distinctly indigestible dish: stir-fried Wikipedia, photographed by Jim Benson in Beijing this past October. Or you could try the eels with Wikipedia that "goodape" uploaded to Flickr in April.
Like everyone else online, we here at Strategic Name Development consult Wikipedia as well. But while it's available in many languages, including Cantonese, Wikipedia is not a translator. Google Translate would likely be more useful for those tasked with turning menus into English -- even though the results are likely to be just as hilarious as any of the strange dishes found on menus translated by humans, if not more so.
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