August 27, 2009

spruce up

Posted in Idioms at 2:07 pm by Feng

spruce up – to make neat and trime [dict]

From BBC, Shanghai finally decides to “spruce up its image”. It’s long been an international amusement to see many obscure English translations in China. I recall there was a newly opened shop painting “service not found” as the English translation for its Chinese name. Presumably, someone typed the Chinese characters into an on-line tanslation service and it happend that the webiste was down.

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