the 90th minute

Until September 2007, when my oldest daughter was born, this blog covered daily life and politics in Israel, as well as Hebrew-English linguistic issues, from the perspective of an American-raised journalist and translator living in Israel. Now it mostly serves as the SmunchMonk&Bear news agency, a portal into the bizarre universe of the little people. Read more at:

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Welcome to the black hole of Israel

It has come to my attention that Maariv reported that the Jerusalem municipality has distributed thousands of flyers that translated the Hebrew tag line "Jerusalem, there's no other city like it" - ירושלים, אין עוד עיר כזו - into a catchy slogan that was apparently devised by very crafty reverse psychologists: "Jerusalem there is no such city!"

You just can't make this stuff up.

Anyway, I'm glad to know that my tax shekels are at least going toward the highest-quality mistranslation possible. Even if the city that collects those taxes won't admit to its own existence.


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