Really Deep Toothbrush Holder

posted on 19 May 2011 in Almost Engrish, Engrish Origins

This toothbrush holder contains a verse from a Lord Tennyson poem, but the poem has no mention of “cosmos” and the title is not “Flowers on the Hills”.  Seems like another completely random usage of English on a toiletry item – a common sight in Japan.

Toothbrush holder from Japan. Photo courtesy of Lee.

  • http://www.folkcatart.com/blogs/tale Jen Kubeck

    A cosmo is a variety of flower, and the picture actually quite resembles one.

    http://www.seriouslyflowers.com/cosmos-flowers.html

    Otherwise, it is bizarrely philosophical for a toothbrush holder.

  • ma

    cosmos is a kind of flower

  • xila31

    Have you ever looked at your toothbrush holder? I mean REALLY looked at your toothbrush holder? It’s like whoa!

  • k.

    Flower in the crannied wall,
    I pluck you out of the crannies,
    I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
    Little flower — but if I could understand
    What you are, root and all, and all in all,
    I should know what God and man is.

    It is good old Tennyson!

  • DragonLady

    what god & man is: mawkish

  • coffeebot

    English: the most decorative language

  • Ginling

    The cosmos flower is ubiquitous in South Korea–maybe Japan too?

  • Chris

    The flowers on the hills have eyes

  • http://pikapalpikaplace.blogspot.com/ pikapal

    I think I’ve seen that for sale at a dollar store in the US.

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