Archive for ‘Signage & Engrish’

June 30, 2010

HK&C: Engrish Roundup

Because everyone loves Engrish… a few highlights (click to enlarge, if you wish)

It all started with Kiely’s Saline:
“SHE: Shining Health Eyes”
Albright’s Scooter – Hummer? or Hanma!
We have the rich commodity – in a Yongzhou supermarket
“Choiceness Raw Material Produced Meticulous”
Wheat Smell Breakfast!
At the Forbidden City, you must treat the AC with respect.
Visit the Geart Wall!
The Great Wall has many rules…
Safty Concerns galore at the Great Wall’s Sliding Car
At the Lama Temple
The Fire Fighting Self Saving Breather in the hotel…
Using the breather… I Like #4
Taiwan’s Bad Side Meat at the Forbidden City. (Translated it is “minced”)
My personal favorite, the closeup is below…
Liquor… Gecko…SEABOURSE?!?
A bit more clear…
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March 14, 2010

Out of Order at the Tate Britain

It begs the question- what makes an artwork out of order?

In this case, one of the blue cones began leaking sand and had to be removed, leaving only three.

March 13, 2010

Sugar: May Contain Milk

From my Coronet sugar packet at the hospital:

May contain milk.


March 8, 2010

Lost in Translation: Smoking May Cause…


From the back of Roland’s cigarette packaging, purchased in Taiwan…

Smoking may cause pregnancy?

(the actual translation is more along the lines of the expected)

October 31, 2009

Photo du Jour : Fun with Pub Names

Yes, this pub is called what you think it is.

September 2, 2009

Down Here All the Fish is Happy: Engrish Roundup

Having studied a bit of Mandarin, I actually have a bit of a clue as to just how hard it may be to effectively learn these two radically different languages.

That said, it’s still really funny to see one’s native language so misused.

Here are my remaining favorites, rediscovered while sorting the many pictures taken.

At the Aquarium:
Down here, all the fish is happy!
(look to the right for , “…us and eat us”

A subway advertisement for Biore face wash on the Taipei MRT promises a Happy Ending!

A department store advises that their products do not have testers:

Meanwhile, one may shop at
Kuda: For Curious Woman

For any emergency, please press this button:

Some just want to be Foved, at the Shilin Night market

And surely whatever snack is created when the,
“vegetable stick attaches the tartra sauce”
is worth a go…

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August 19, 2009

Easy Cheese…Often Imitated, Never Duplicated?

Taiwanese Easy Cheese doesn’t even come in a can!

August 14, 2009

BigTom, now with Less Air Overrun?

I’m inclined to think that this sign for the Bigtom retaurant in Kending, Taiwan, means exactly what we all think it does.

August 11, 2009

Whitemen Toothpaste

It speaks for itself, really.

This toothpaste was provided to us by our hotel, and other friends have also received the refreshing gift of Whitemen Toothpaste at their hotels here in Taiwan.
August 9, 2009

A Moon Cake, a Man, & His Dog

This cake poster on the Taipei MRT left all of us wondering what this advert was trying to tell us.

English Speakers’ Consensus:
78% of this cake is made from this man’s dog.

The Actuality:
This sign is saying that 78% of people asked said that they like to share a Moon Cake with a very good friend. (the guy in the picture is a Taiwanese celebrity… not sure about his canine friend)