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I’d like some Moo Goo Gai Serving Dish please

Of the many hilarious English translations of Spanish food names on the variety of menus I have seen, some favorites include “battered brains” (which was not quite inaccurate, yet so disturbing) on a menu in Madrid, and of course, sweater to the trout, a...

La Guantera, a tale of linguistic innocence

It was nighttime on the local, speedbump-laden and dog-ridden highway from Chichen Itza back to the airport and we were in a rental car. There were three of us, my ex and I and a vegan guy named Chuck who ate mostly almonds the whole time we’d been in Cuba on a...

The Intersection of Fun and Funny

One of the most charades-prone and elaborate hand gesture-filled explanations of my early ESL/EFL teaching life was the difference between fun and funny. Fun, I would explain, is when you have a good time, like going on a roller coaster (roller coaster haters aside)....