The German word for toothbrush is Zahnbürste. Unfortunately, I find this word difficult to pronounce, so 99% of the time, I end up saying Zahnbrüste. Not a big deal, right? The Germans can probably forgive two letters getting switched around…

Well, the problem is that Bürste means brush, and Brüste means breasts. So when I say Zahnbrüste, they picture something like this:
Zahnbrüste
And this can become awkward when you repeatedly use the word Zahnbrüste in front of your boyfriend’s family at Christmas…

To read more of my embarrassing mistranslations, click here.

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