Yesterday I wrote a post all about Chinglish and the curious and rather beautiful images that it can produce, today on the other hand I shall be having a quick look at some intentionally silly signs in English, and one or two that are obviously not intentional, but simply the production of what Frank Zappa called the most common thing in the universe – stupidity.
So let us head on out into the world of silliness and start with a couple that are obviously the result of ether stupidity or the lack of education on the part of whoever designed the signs.
Actually this first one could well be the result of a degree of innocence that would be surprising in a politician, even an aspiring one!
And this one is simply stupid. Who on earth would allow this to be placed in public view? Makes you wonder how competent the medics will be in this centre. Or perhaps they have achieved the impossible and managed to reduce the time spent waiting in doctor’s waiting rooms to a matter of seconds.
And here is another one…. How on earth could this have not been seen by whoever commissioned it? It is a very odd world we live in. Though come to think of it, perhaps it is simply stating the truth, and now they do serve good food as opposed to the lousy stuff they used to serve… Hmmm….. Who knows?
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One of the best things about living in China is the daily experience of being confronted by the most creative version of English ever, anywhere and anyhow. Known affectionately to all expats living in China as Chinglish (Chinese/English), this is an art form that the Chinese government with typical governmental lack of humour wants to suppress. They claim to find it demeaning to the Chinese people… Silly of them, the world loves this way of using the English language.
The example above is typical of the genre, obviously the Chinese version is saying something to the effect of “Handicapped Toilet” or words to that effect… But thanks to making a wrong choice in a spelling corrector or dictionary, we end up with a truly wonderful phrase – one that sparks the imagination, makes a dull and unexceptional phrase into something that stops you in your tracks and makes you actually think about the information you are being given.
Here for example is a warning that anyone with an ounce of sense will take very seriously indeed. And as I said above, it is worded in such a way that you would stop and think about it if you happened to be confronted with it.
It is certainly clear enough in its message wouldn’t you say? So neatly phrased that it really works.
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