Friday, February 1, 2008  10:28 AM

The topsy-turvy world of business (dictionaries)

Quite a few years ago I came across this dictionary on sale in a remaindered book shop in the UK:

English-Japanese Business Dictionary

As it was going for a song, and I had vague ambitions of becoming a Japanese-English translator, I didn't hesitate to snap it up, and while I never pursued that particular career, it has come in handy on occasion. It's also quite unusual as it's one of the very few bilingual Japanese dictionaries which hasn't been produced in Japan.

I did however wonder why the Japanese version of the title - "英和ビジネス用語辞典" was printed with a sticker attached to the cover, and after a while my curiosity got the better of me and I discovered that the capitalist world isn't any more advanced than the socialist one when it comes to getting those strange squiggly characters the correct way up.

English-Japanese Business Dictionary

Incredibly, it does seem to be still available, at the bargain price of around £100.

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