Intel Centrino Duo…The Pun is Not Lost in Translation

This ad was posted on a train a while ago, and I’ll be frank…I chuckled. Perhaps you will enjoy it. So here it is with an explanation.

Intel Centrino Duo Advertisement

Intel Centrino Duo.
世界各国の評価サイトで
大絶賛。
胸を張る代わりに、
シールを
貼って見ました。

The Intel Centrino Duo.
Acclaimed on ratings websites worldwide.
Rather than stick out our chests, we thought we’d just try sticking on a sticker/seal instead.

せ・かい【世界】
地球上の全ての地域。全ての国。
The world.

かっ・こく【各国】
各々(おのおの)の国。
Each and every country.

ひょうか【評価】スル
物の価値を判断すること。
Evaluation.

だい【大】
《接頭語》
{名詞につけて}「非常な」などの意を表す。
《prefix》 Great. Extreme.

ぜっさん【絶賛・絶讃】スル
この上なくほめること。ひどくほめること。最大級の賛美。
Acclaim. Praise.

むね【胸】
①からだの前面で、首と腹のあいだの部分。
Chest.
Yes, it can be used in the sense of a woman’s, well, “stuff”, too.

は・る【張る】〔自分の自信・正当性・勢いなどを他に示すために〕肩や胸を反らせて(そ・る)、大きくみせようとする。
To twist/turn one’s chest and/or shoulders into a bow-like shape, so as to look large, in order to demonstrate one’s strength, confidence, etc.

かわり  【替(わ)り/代(わ)り】
(3)(「…かわりに」の形で接続助詞的に用いて)…にひきかえて。…に見合って。
・・・かわりに
Instead of・・・

は・る【貼る】
糊などで貼り付ける。くっつける。
To paste on with glue, etc. To stick on.

み・る【見る】
《補助動詞》{動詞連用形+「て」(「で」)を受けて}
①「ある動作を試みにする」の意を表す。
《Auxilliary verb》 follows “-te” form
To try and do something. To do something in a tentative fashion.


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  4 comments for “Intel Centrino Duo…The Pun is Not Lost in Translation

  1. Yorkii
    July 1, 2007 at 10:58

    so, sorry for being persistent, but how would you make SRS cards out of the above example sentences?

  2. khatzumoto
    July 2, 2007 at 13:49

    Hey Yorkii.

    I would simply have:

    ++++[QUESTION]++++
    世界各国の評価サイトで大絶賛。
    ++++[ANSWER]++++
    せ・かい【世界】
    地球上の全ての地域。全ての国。
    The world.

    かっ・こく【各国】
    各々(おのおの)の国。
    Each and every country.

    ひょうか【評価】スル
    物の価値を判断すること。
    Evaluation.

    だい【大】
    《接頭語》
    {名詞につけて}「非常な」などの意を表す。
    《prefix》 Great. Extreme.

    ぜっさん【絶賛・絶讃】スル
    この上なくほめること。ひどくほめること。最大級の賛美。
    Acclaim. Praise.
    ++++

    ++++[QUESTION]++++
    胸を張る代わりに、シールを貼って見ました。
    ++++[ANSWER]++++
    むね【胸】
    ①からだの前面で、首と腹のあいだの部分。
    Chest.
    Yes, it can be used in the sense of a woman’s, well, “stuff”, too.

    は・る【張る】〔自分の自信・正当性・勢いなどを他に示すために〕肩や胸を反らせて(そ・る)、大きくみせようとする。
    To twist/turn one’s chest and/or shoulders into a bow-like shape, so as to look large, in order to demonstrate one’s strength, confidence, etc.

    かわり  【替(わ)り/代(わ)り】
    (3)(「…かわりに」の形で接続助詞的に用いて)…にひきかえて。…に見合って。
    ・・・かわりに
    Instead of・・・

    は・る【貼る】
    糊などで貼り付ける。くっつける。
    To paste on with glue, etc. To stick on.

    み・る【見る】
    《補助動詞》{動詞連用形+「て」(「で」)を受けて}
    ①「ある動作を試みにする」の意を表す。
    《Auxilliary verb》 follows “-te” form
    To try and do something. To do something in a tentative fashion.
    ++++

    So, two cards. One for each sentence.

  3. Jake
    July 8, 2007 at 02:12

    There’s something I’ve been wondering about for a while now… what dictionary are you using to pull those definitions from? I’ve been looking for a good online, free Japanese-Japanese dictionary to use but I can’t seem to find the one you keep using. I’ve checked the links on the side of your page but none of them seem to display it in the same format… Are you using a program or something? Thanks and keep up the good work!

  4. khatzumoto
    July 8, 2007 at 06:38

    Hi. I generally use the Super日本語大辞典. It’s convenient because all look-ups can be done with either one keystroke (hotkey) or automatically from the clipboard. There are, I imagine, newer and better software dictionaries out there, but this one works well enough for me. I supplement it with online dics.

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