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   Clodfobble  Tuesday Feb 12 11:03 AM

February 12, 2008: Alphabet blocks from China

Originally posted over in the humor thread, I've been encouraged that these are simply too mind-boggling to let slip by.

We're all familiar with the typical humorous mistranslations on street signs and advertisements in foreign countries, especially in Asia where the language structure is so different. But one would hope that people and products purporting to actually teach English, like a set of alphabet blocks aimed at children, would go through a slightly better quality check.

Apparently not.



The above is just the second in a series of increasingly horrific images, which really must be seen in its entirety here.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Feb 12 11:22 AM

I don't know if these are funny or sad.



glatt  Tuesday Feb 12 11:23 AM

I had followed the link before, and surely these can't be real. Can they? The last several sets are just too weird to be true.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Feb 12 11:26 AM

I would tend to believe them true, after seeing other examples of Engrish on exported products.



Clodfobble  Tuesday Feb 12 11:43 AM

Most of them have decent explanations, when you work hard enough at it:

Quote:
An armet is a two-piece helmet from 15th century with a moveable facemask.
Quote:
A “gee” is a type of horse. There’s a line in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” from Pirates of Penzance in which the major-general rhymes “strategy” with “sat a gee.” A footnote to one edition explained that “sat a gee” meant “rode [that kind of] a horse.”



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Feb 12 12:11 PM

A backhoe for Navvy makes sense. Isn't the Navy full of ho's?



Beest  Tuesday Feb 12 12:44 PM

A Navvy was a originally labourer who dug canals (Navigations) in Britian in the late 18th century and has been applied to manual labourers since.

So trench digger = Navvy if you're using a 200 year old dictionary, like the helmet thing.



Flint  Tuesday Feb 12 01:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Beest View Post
So trench digger = Navvy if you're using a 200 year old dictionary, like the helmet thing.
Maybe this is the best information you have access to when the government filters your internet?


astrodex  Tuesday Feb 12 03:36 PM

Since ALL alphabet blocks available in the US are made in China you'd think they would have a lot of reference materials.



deadbeater  Tuesday Feb 12 07:47 PM

I thought the Volkswagon Rabbit has an all right repair record. Why is 'Wecker' underneath its caption?

And I went through turtle mobs. Very unpleasant.



monster  Tuesday Feb 12 08:27 PM

A gee is not a type of horse. The full term is gee-gee and it's a British slang term used predominatly for children, but also in regards to betting. It comes from the "go" command "gee-up".



tw  Tuesday Feb 12 09:53 PM

I'm still trying to understand why that soup can in my boot has an expiry date.



JuancoRocks  Tuesday Feb 12 10:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
A gee is not a type of horse. The full term is gee-gee and it's a British slang term used predominatly for children, but also in regards to betting. It comes from the "go" command "gee-up".
To plow horses, the command Gee, usually meant pull to the right and the command Haw, meant to pull to the left, usually accompanied by "I said Haw you dumb bastard" at least that's the way my Uncle Pete usually said it to our two plow horses, Prince & Joe.

Kinda like port and starboard in horse language.

"The word "gee" in the Oxford English Dictionary has four
meanings, the last of which is a command to a horse. Apparently
this command means different things in different areas: turn to
the right; go forward; or to move faster."


monster  Tuesday Feb 12 11:00 PM

But in the UK it means forward (or faster) and that is where the term gee-gee for horse comes from.



glatt  Wednesday Feb 13 09:34 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
It comes from the "go" command "gee-up".
I thought that was "giddy-up"


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Feb 13 12:00 PM

Those Brits talk funny, ya know.



monster  Wednesday Feb 13 09:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
I thought that was "giddy-up"
That too. although if you google it, apparently horses respond better to the "ee" sound. or something. i rode a horse once in my life, last fall. Western-style I had to "give it hugs and kisses" to make it start.


deadbeater  Wednesday Feb 13 11:47 PM

And the Jalor ship should be called 'junk' instead. Just because...



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