Do you speak Engrish?

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As much as writing is about understanding writing, a whole new dimension of writing is revealed when due to a language barrier, writing is awfully regurgitated, skewed and completely mis-interpreted, often to the point where the original idea or concept has been completely lost:

If the fire doesn't get you, the grenade will.

If the fire doesn't get you, the grenade will.

Welcome  to Engrish.com

If you haven’t heard of it or seen it yourself, do yourself a favor and take a look. Many of the examples of “Engrish” on the website are so obscure, it’s hard to image what they actually intended to say. It really looks like many of the words and sentences were taken out of a hat. Nonlinear writing? you got it.

You had me at the..of.....

You had me at the..of.....

Nothing cracks me up more than a poor translation in a public space, or on a label… especially when it seems like they didn’t even make an attempt to get it right. Reading the labels on paper chopstick sleeves and miscellaneous items at the dollar store is a queer pastime of mine and I’m more than happy to share it with you. Have a joyluck happy goodtime.

I knew I left it somewhere...

I knew I left it somewhere...

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