Europeans make misteaks too…

Photo courtesy of Adnan Dervisevic. Per Adnan: “Hushållssopor means kitchen waste in Sweden and I stumbled upon this gem at the Skövde campus in Sweden”

The Dangling Conversation of Engrish

At first glance this appears to be fairly standard Engrish found on a body sponge often seen in cheap business hotels and “love hotels” in Japan. Upon closer inspection though, the ‘Engrish’ was taken from the lyrics of a Simon and Garfunkel song entitled “The Dangling Conversation” (one of my personal favorites from them). They [...]

Really Deep Toothbrush Holder

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.

More Engrish warnings from Chinese middle school

These signs were found at the same school as today’s Engrish. They are entertaining in their own right so I thought it best to archive here. Photo courtesy of Chris H.

Real life Engrish “Clash”

You may recall the Clash Engrish post from way back when (we also made stickers out of this design).  Well Kirainet.com, run by a Spanish blogger in Japan, made a fun video from the clash signs they found at Hamamatsucho station in Tokyo. Nice to see real life Engrish on video! Here is a pic [...]

English Textbook from Korea – Shaq is Big and Happy!

I just received this photo of a hilarious entry in an English textbook from South Korea about Shaquille O’Neal. I wonder if Shaq ever approved this? Shaquille O’Neal was born in 1972. His father was a soldier. So Shaquille moved house a lot. He was always a new kid in a new place. Shaquille’s new [...]

American Police Mook

This image was just Dugg up over 2,500 times yesterday – it is a pretty funny cover of a “mook” (crossover between a magazine and a book) about police in the US: I did a bit of research on the ‘mook’ – the image was lifted from a Japanese blog entry from August 2008 that did research [...]

We Condom Attack – The Origins

Here is another example of an Engrish photo that keeps reappearing on the net every now and then – so much so that we forget where it came from. This is a screenshot from a Pakistani website known as The Frontier Post, as submitted to me way back in 2002: Seems like they had really [...]

Fire Coffee from Kirin

The Fire brand line of canned coffees from Kirin beverages (a sister company of Kirin Brewery that sells soft drinks) has been on sale for quite some time now. It’s a catchy name – “Fire” – but some of the combinations are kinda funny. Take Fire Ice Coffee for example:  I wonder if the irony [...]

Hotel Internet System – User’s Guidebook

Moral of the story – don’t use internet translations for your instructions!  Photo courtesy of Nick Garner. Found in Ohnomichi Japan. I put in the blog because this is Engrish obviously originates with a translation program.  I try to keep the posts on the main site as “pure” as possible (but I am sure quite [...]

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