How Do I Say “Git Er Done” in Japanese?: The Best of ALC

Today’s FLF is a reblog of a great post on the hilarity of one of our favorite online dictionaries. Have you come up with some really off the wall results searching for something? Let us know in the comments!

The Lobster Dance

Space ALC is one of my favorite online dictionaries, especially since it uses a lot of example sentences and words in context. The dictionary also has a huge database of English-language slang terms, both historical and modern, and as the dictionary is more directed at English-to-Japanese translation (read: Japanese speakers inputing English terms, including slang), sometimes the results I get are nothing short of hilarious. My other translator friends and I like to swap screenshots of some of the weirder terms we get, and so I wanted to share some of my favorites with you all.

Just a note: none of these entries is wrong; this is not Engrish. If I had to deal with the sheer amount of slang that English has as a non-native speaker, I would be glad to have a place that could explain what buck wild means. However, going from Japanese to English turns up…

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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