Monday, June 18, 2007

something tells me this is not exactly politically correct

27 comments:

Evelyne said...

ouch, that's a pretty bad translation. Sometimes when they translate packages from English to French it can become quite funny, but this one definitely not politically correct.

mellowlee said...

Engrish strikes again!!!! :O)

berni said...

I'm still chuckling over your shower cleaning outfit. To simplify things, try Bryan's method of shower scouring- butt(or is it buck) nekkid. Better still, send Jerry to do that.
Is that translation for real?
Your Father's Day sounded lovely, Barb. Three of us took part in the Manitoba Father's Day Marathon, running and/or walking.

Bubs said...

That is awesome.

I remember reading, years ago, that Coca Cola's slogan "Coke Adds Life" when translated in China, became "Coke Raises the Dead"

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's just so wrong on so many levels, isn't it, Evelyne? Actually the whole concept of Engrish.com is a little iffy on the correctness aspect. But it sure is funny.

I can get lost in the site for hours, Mel. I need to leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find my way out again.

To tell you the truth, Berni, I generally use Bryan's nekid butt method whilst shower cleaning, but there was no way I was risking letting my bum touch those nasty walls.
Your Father's Day sounds great! It's not everybody who can do a marathon after going to a social the night before. You guys are totally hardcore.

Oh yeah, I remember that one now, Bubs. I love chinese-english translations. My coworker is Chinese and he comes out with some of the most amazing things sometimes. It's pretty much the only thing that keeps me working there.

BeckEye said...

At least they tried to make the handicapped feel special before insulting them.

Allison said...

I find Engrish hit or miss. Good for procrastination though, oh yes.

Beth said...

And yet I laughed out loud. Love those translators ...

Danny Tagalog said...

That's painful!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have the feeling they meant "special", Beckeye, as in "my mommy says I'm special".

Just what I need, Al, more procrastination sites. You know what, I procrastinate well enough on my own without the internetz. Throw that into the mix and nothing ever happens around here.

I'll share one of my favourites phrases from my coworker with you, Beth:
"sarstam program" - which apparently means "programmable thermostat". Oh it took me a while and some probing to figure that one out.

It made me cringe mightily, Danny. And then I snickered.

John Mutford said...
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John Mutford said...

Have you ever used Altavista's Babelfish? It's quite amusing to put a piece in, translate it to another language and then translate it back to see what was lost...

This is the first verse of Karma Police put into Portuguese from English and back,

"The policies of karma, arrest this man, it speak in maths that a coolant buzzes as, it are as radio policies detuned of one karma, arrest this girl, its hairdo of hitler, are making me the sick sensation and us we leave to function its party this is what you start, this is what you start that is what you start, when you mess with us"

Some are much funnier than this. My mom's dinner theatre used to have a page that when translated into Italian (I think) and back told us that they served "feet" for dessert.

JustRun said...

Oh my goodness.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hehehe that's great, John! I have used Bablefish to check German phrases sometimes and I know that it will spit out things that are ludicrous sometimes.
Karma Police is a great choice for those transliteration blues! And look what it did to one of my favourite lines "he buzzes like a fridge" - "that a coolant buzzes as".
I'll bet your mom's dinner theatre serves delicious feet.

You've pretty much summed it up right there, Justrun!

New and Used Records said...

LOL

justacoolcat said...

I think it's correct. That person doesn't have a neck.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh sure, you can laugh now, Will, just wait until the karma police come after you!

Good observation, Just A. That's likely how he ended up in that chair in the first place.

BeckEye said...

I know...sorry, the dryness of my comment must not have translated! ;)

Winter said...

I love it.

Anonymous said...

know when to quit

D: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSHziqJWYcM

Barbara Bruederlin said...

No, don't apologize, Beckeye. It's not you, it's me. Obviously I need to work on my dry to english translation.

You're not supposed to admit that, Winter!

hahahaha! That's hilarious, Anony I know who you really are! That's ust 7 minutes of goodness, innit? Why do you aggress me?

Johnny Yen said...

When I was in China five years ago, I saw a number of "Engrish"-worthy signs, especially on public washrooms.

An old friend of mine lived in Mexico for a few months some years back, in order to study Spanish. She lived with a very nice family, that had five teenaged boys. She usually came home every day and had lunch with the family, speaking only Spanish with them for practice.

One day, she came home, and they were doing their usual routine, and the mother asked her how she'd gotten home that day-- sometimes she would walk and sometimes she would take the bus. That day, she happened to take the bus, and told the mother so in Spanish.

In Spanish, there are two words for "take"-- tomar and cojer. She had replied Yo coji el autobus. In Mexican slang, the cojer form of "to take" also means to, um, have carnal relations with.

Needless to say, the five boys sprayed their lunches across the table laughing.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha that's great, Johnny! I'll bet that family still talks about the time their boarder had sex with the bus.

Deb said...

Oh my, that's pretty bad.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

So bad, it's good, Deb?

Dale said...

Of course he's deformed, look at that bulbous ass!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh lord, your're right, Dale! And it's transparent too!