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    replacing a tyre

    I bought a new Vittoria training tyre and read the instructions (impressed?) item number one reads "fit a good quality paranipples belt" WTF? so I had to google it and eventually discovered that this is commonly known as rim tape. I can see the etymology of it now and it does seem obvious but at the time I was stumped.

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    Translation from one language to another can lead to some puzzling or hilarious word choices, particularly if the translator doesn't have a good idiomatic grasp of both languages.

    Years ago most Japanese instruction books for things like cameras and automobile owner's manuals and shop manuals were translated for the English speaking market by Japanese nationals who "knew" English. The results were often extremely strange word choices and several reading were needed to figure out what was being described.

    A classic example of this in the bicycle industry was the Hozan bottom bracket lock ring wrench that had the term "Rock Ring Wrench" cast into it's handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayceejay View Post
    I bought a new Vittoria training tyre and read the instructions (impressed?) item number one reads "fit a good quality paranipples belt" WTF? so I had to google it and eventually discovered that this is commonly known as rim tape. I can see the etymology of it now and it does seem obvious but at the time I was stumped.
    Sounds a little sado-masochistic

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    On one motorcycle I owned many years back the factory service manaual was a multilingual deal. At one point for a simple oil change the english portion of the description clearly stated to lift the motorcycle and rotate it off the drain plug. There were similar other comedy moments throughout the manual.
    Model airplanes are cool too!.....

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    There is a whole website devoted to such things
    http://engrishfunny.failblog.org/
    Biking isn't a sport because anybody can do it. I can bike, you can bike. For goodness sakes, my mother can bike! You don't see her on the cover of Sports Illustrated, do you?

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