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So, I know some here know a bit german, I recently saw a car on the street with the company logo
"BAD DESIGN" on it, in big letters.
Well, we all know, that this is not the perfect choice as a company name but in german, the word "Bad" means "Bath" or "Bathroom" - So this is a company that designs your bath!
So yes, this can happen, if you try to sound "cool" with an english name for your little company but... well... fail
Even if you want to do a "Bad Design" (german), you don't want it to be a "Bad Design" (english)
You see this all the time when porting words or phrases between different languages, even closely related languages. Take Swedish and Norwegian. We usually understand each other's languages without "translation", but if I send an email to a Swedish guy to tell him that I unfortunately have no opportunity to meet him, "Jeg har desssverre ikke anledning til å møte deg", he will read it as if I have no reason whatsoever to want to meet him
Regarding "bad" - but staying within the English language: Last Friday was the international women's day, and the weekly blues program on NRK P2, "Bluesasylet", devoted the hour to "bad mammas". The host spent a few words to explain that "bad" in this context certainly doesn't mean "misbehaved" in any other sense than a woman standing up for herself, her own rights, she ran her own life not as a submissive girl but as an independent woman. Well, some might call that "misbehaviour", but hopefully there are far fewer today than 70-100 years ago!
Some twenty years ago (possibly more) a company here in the UK renamed/rebranded itself to G.P.T. That was fine, except it had branches in France. The French receptionists had to answer the phone with "Bonjour, GPT". Try this[^] and listen to the French version...
Tomorrow morning I will have a discussion with a whiz kid. He will show me why his code works, and why I as an old fart missed the obvious design.
And why it is intuitively obvious;
And oh yeah, I was never allowed to finish that....
I'm thinking of the joker and his disappearing pencil trick. If that doesn't work I know this guy named John with a blind paypal account...
Just kidding John... sort of
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759