Thursday, April 28, 2016

Poetry Break: Engrish Tee-Shirt?

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Do not commit calligraphy:

Engrish Tee-Shirt?
Excretion is the greater f*rt of bowels, or?

Sounds almost Shakespearean! 'Tis pity it's a horrible pun . . .



At 11:12 AM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

Interestingly enough, the four Chinese characters say (with Korean pronunciation) "geum-ji dae-byeon" (금지 대변). "Geum-ji" is used when something is forbidden; it's the "No" in a "No Smoking" sign (or the "Défense de" in a "Défense de fumer" sign). "Dae-byeon," meanwhile, literally means "big excretion," i.e., feces or the act of defecation. This contrasts with "so-byeon," or "little excretion," i.e., urine or urination. If a Korean kid declares that he needs to go to the bathroom, a parent might ask, using pure-Korean vocabulary, "큰 것? 작은 것(keun geot, jageun geot)?" Literally: "Big thing? Little thing?" This is similar to when US parents ask their kids, "Number One or Number Two?"

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I suspected the message meant something like, "This is a urinal, you fool, not a toilet!"

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At 9:32 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

Maybe that's the subtext of what is essentially "NO POOPING."

At 8:30 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Too much information!

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

TMI, you mean?

Jeffery Hodges

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