Lost in Translation III – Misadventures in English
English is the global language of communication which means that when it collides with local languages it can have hilarious results. Here we’ve gathered together the results of some of the planets finest misadventures in English … enjoy!
Various product names from around the world:
Clean Finger Nail – Chinese tissues ~ Kolic – Japanese mineral water ~ Creap Creamy Powder – Japanese Coffee Creamer ~ Last Climax – Japanese tissues ~ Ass Glue – Chinese glue ~ Swine – Chinese chocolates ~ Libido – Chinese soda ~ Ban Cock – Indian cockroach repellent ~ Shocking – Japanese chewing gum ~ Homo sausage – East Asian fish sausage ~ Cat Wetty – Japanese moistened hand towels ~ Hornyphon – Austrian video recorder ~ Chocolate Colon – Japanese cookie ~ Shitto – Ghanian pepper sauce ~ Pipi – Yugoslavian orangeade ~ Polio – Czechoslovakian laundry detergent ~ Superglans – Netherlands car wax ~ I’m Dripper – Japanese instant coffee ~ Zit – Greek soft drink ~ My Fanny – Japanese toilet paper ~ Colon Plus – Spanish detergent
Signposted in Germany’s Black Forest:
It is strictly forbidden on our Black Forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.
On a tap in a Finnish washroom
To stop the drip, turn cock to right.
At the Eiffel Tower:
Renovating with curtsy to history: The elevator in the East pier is currently being widely upgraded. The current renovation involves updating these controls to the latest state of the art. Societe Nouvelle d’exploitation de la Tour Eiffel apologises for all the temporary inconveniences.
Little grass is smiling slightly, please walk on the pavement.
On a Japanese food processor:
Not to be used for the other use.
On a Japanese toothpaste:
Gives you strong mouth and refreshing wind!
Warning label on a Chinese lint-cleaning roller:
1. Do not use this roller to the floorings that made of wood and plastic. 2. Do not use this roller to clean the stuffs that dangerous to your hands such as glass and chinaware. 3. Do not use the roller to people’s head, it is dangerous that hair could be sticked up to cause unexpected suffering.
Amusement ride, Saudi Arabia:
For your safety this game is not allowed for those who suffer from hearts, diabetics, nerves, high pressure and pregnants.
Bank in Bucharest, Romania:
Count change over the counter. Ulterior complaints are not listened.
The government in Seoul, South Korea, established a hotline for taxi passengers who encountered rudeness. A sign in taxis advised of this:
Intercourse Discomfort Report Center.
In a temple in Bangkok, Thailand:
It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.