Saturday, 4 July 2015

Chinese as She is Translated

I have just bought — partly to use as intended, partly to open up, see how it works, and think up amusing things to do with it — a Chinese electric mosquito zapper. (‘Electric’ here qualifies ‘Zapper’, not ‘Mosquito’). Here is what it says on the box:

But I mock not; I laugh with rather than at. I couldn’t write instructions to boil an egg in Chinese. And anyway, when I took it to pieces I forgot that of course there were capacitors in the circuit, so even though it was unplugged I got a greater than 600 Volts DC electric shock, just like a mosquito. Καλά να πάθω.

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