By Etaoin Shrdlu, in 'Other Languages', Feb 15, 2016.
I love how the X is right through the relevant section of the guy's anatomy, LOL.
That struck me as well, so much so in fact that I was confused for a moment, thinking the sign was really meant to say something about erection, except I didn't quite understand why the body part in question was crossed.
Can anyone explain this?
It would be referring to salted pig trotters. In Cantonese it is a slang term for the hand of a pervert. Not sure about Mandarin.
Ninja'd by Etaoin. Groping pervert might be a better translation.
Because people are not allowed to enter and use whatever it is.
'Construction going on. Using [this] not allowed.'
Yes, I get it now, but at first I was confused because, as Callaina said, that particular part of the anatomy seemed to be crossed, lol.
Can anyone tell what happened here?
The original says ''ice cream in (an) ass(ortment)''.
Apparently, engrish.com is no more.
That's a pity.
No warning too.
It just disappeared.
I have a few thoughts about Arabic.
I don't know if this has been mentioned but I came across a funny mistranslation in Arabic:
The Arabic here transliterates literally to /miːt buːl/ in IPA, which is an attempt at representing the sound of "meat ball" in Arabic letters. But, the phrase ميت بول would more normally mean "Paul is dead", being pronounced "mayit bul" ("mayit" means "dead" and "bul" is Arabic's best rendering of "Paul").
Also "qalbi" is common term of endearment in Arabic, meaning "my heart", but it is very similar in pronunciation to "kalbi", which means "my dog", an insult. I'm not sure if native Arabic speakers confuse the two ever, but I imagine it is a mistake that Arabic learners make (like myself).
Likewise, "tawila"(/taːwila/) meaning "table" is similar to "tawila" (/ta'wiːl/), the feminine adjective meaning "tall". I have in the past called a woman a table by accident, when I meant to call her tall.
I've seen the picture with "Paul is dead" before but never the reason for the mistranslation. Very interesting!
This made me google to see what happened to the original 'Paul is dead' conspiracy theorists. For those who don't remember the Sixties, either because they were there or they weren't, someone came up with the idea that Paul McCartney of the Beatles had died and been replaced by a double. There are some still knocking about, it seems. I never knew back then why anyone would bother, and can't tell you now, but perhaps someone might like to wade through this and report back: https://the-wakeup-call.com/viewtopic.php?t=52&start=40
For me it works.
engrish.com is back up!
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