Sunday, July 18, 2010


A Cambodian friend said to me:
"I want to fat like you."
I'm still unsure whether to be offended at her calling me fat or flattered that she wants to be like me.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

For Professional Use Only

Deep in the heart of a Cambodian market, there are many mysterious things to be found. Most recently what I found was a cutting-edge hair product that caught my eye. With instructions unintelligible in any language, let us be thankful we have been warned that this product is for professional use only and hope that the professionals have indeed been properly trained in using The Ion Scalds Specialty Nursing Shiny Black!

English Gone Awry

Ah, the English language. English is the third most natively spoken language in the world and has become the leading language for international discourse. It is arguably the largest language, based on the number of words, and indeed one of the most difficult to learn. Nevertheless, it is the most commonly taught foreign language. Inevitably non-native speakers, and sometimes even native speakers, struggle at mastery. Let’s face it, there’s no end to the funny things these people can say…or can’t say! This blog is dedicated to documenting such cases of English gone awry. If you would like to submit a quote, story, or photo please email them to