Friday, January 8, 2010

Where's the Polisher? Part 5

On the flight back from Haikou to Beijing, we perused through the in-flight magazines which are usually full of Chinglish.

The writing is cringe-worthy and the words are screaming for a native English speaker to fix them up.

One time in late 2007 I asked my friend to help me call Air China to help them edit the English portion their in-flight magazines; after all, it was going to be the official carrier of the Beijing Olympics and hundreds perhaps thousands of foreigners would be reading its publication.

The response back was an emphatic "no".

Hainan Airlines has not fared better, but in the December issue the writer has done some creative writing.

The description of the movies seem to be lifted off somewhere else which calls into question plagarism, but in order to make things slightly different, this synopsis of Batman Begins is:

Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to avenging the murder of his parents. With a detective's intuition and a millionaire's resources, the master crime-fighter squares off against Gotham's biggest (sic) that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.


How does being armed with butter help fight against crime? Or does it help in getting the Batman suit on?

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