Your linguistic disasters

By Etaoin Shrdlu, in 'Other Languages', Feb 15, 2016.

  1. Callaina Feles Curiosissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Canada
    "We're going to build a wall! And we'll make the AUSTRALIANS pay for it!" :D
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  2. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

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    Austria is in Civilization V, while Australia is in Civilization VI.

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    Austria under Maria Theresa

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    Australia under John Curtin

    It's easy to be confused between Maria Theresa and John Curtin.
  3. Gamblingbear Active Member

    Location:
    Austria
    :D made my morning.
  4. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

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    Georgia is proving a gold mine for such things.

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  5. Araneus Umbraticus Lector

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    Location:
    Norvegia
    Did the news reporter say Australia as well, or was it just a typo?
  6. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

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    I've learned that if I can't say something in Georgian, temporarily switching to Russian is a terrible, terrible idea. The other person will frequently switch entirely to that language and, encouraged by the fact that he understands my fairly standard accent perfectly, will talk in that language at lightning speed with a strong Georgian accent, which I can't understand at all.
  7. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

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  8. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    Location:
    Belgium
    LOL, I love the second one.

    I don't know if it's just me, but the first one looks a little fake, as if the English had been added through Photoshop.
  9. Lysandra Canis

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    Location:
    Tasmania
    One of the funniest 'linguistic disasters' I've heard is from my father who worked as an English teacher in Japan back in the early 90s. The school that he worked at put up a huge banner that said ‘F**k You’ in English. My dad tried to tell the other staff that this was very impolite and that they should take it down. But the school wouldn’t hear of it. The explanation was that because the phrase was in all the English movies it must be a very common greeting. They also made my dad dress up as a shark to greet parents beneath this banner! I wish I could find the photo of it! :hysteric:
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  10. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

    • Technicus Auxiliarius
    You will love engrish.com

    I check out that website every day for a few decades.
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  11. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    Location:
    Belgium
    That site has nearly caused my death in the past through excess of laughter.
    Last edited by Iohannes Aurum, Jun 25, 2017
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  12. rothbard Civis Illustris

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    Location:
    London
    I liked this one.

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    Last edited by Iohannes Aurum, Jun 25, 2017
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  13. Bestiola Caepa Cirrata

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    • Praeco
    My relative was once in Austria and his wife sent him to buy pig's trotters, but instead of asking for "schweine füße" he ended up asking for "schwine küsse" (kisses). I think he asked for half a kilo of them.
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  14. Terry S. flamen

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    Location:
    Hibernia

    Yup, even if you put lipstick on it etc. :D
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  15. Bestiola Caepa Cirrata

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    • Praeco
    lol yes :D

    Something like this I suppose:

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  16. Bestiola Caepa Cirrata

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    • Praeco
    There is another, somewhat less memorable story, of my elderly granny, who was sent to buy "Lord" (cigarettes) but ended with asking for a "Ford".
  17. rothbard Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    London
    That reminds me of a passage in this book, in which the author's friend, on a visit to Germany, wants to buy a cushion and asks the girl at the counter for a "kuss" (kiss).
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  18. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

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    Once I was working on a pipe with a mexican guy. A rather powerful leak suddenly developed and sprayed him from head to toe, so I decided to be cheeky and said in a suggestive way ''Ey Jesus, eres mojado ?'' which was an attempt to say ''Hey Jesus, are you (sexually) wet ?'' I soon learned that I should have said ''estas'' rather than ''eres'' because what I said actually meant ''Hey Jesus, are you a w*tback ?''
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  19. Etaoin Shrdlu Imminent wormfood

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    Location:
    Ruritania
    From Alan Bennett's diaries:

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  20. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    Location:
    Belgium
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