Language abuse: lost in translation

Posted: October 23, 2018 in Words
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You’ve survived Monday, so let me reward you with some good laughs for Tuesday.  For that, we’re back to Richard Lederer’s Anguished English for examples of signs in other countries that are written in English.  However, their messages are more than a bit mixed or maybe muffed.  I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite.  Which is yours?

In a Bangkok dry cleaner’s:  Drop your trousers here for best results.

In a Bucharest hotel lobby:  The lift is being fixed for the next day.  During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:  Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

In a Rhodes tailor shop:  Order your summers suit.   Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:  Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

In a Rome laundry:  Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.

Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:  Would you like to ride on your own ass?

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:  We take your bags and send them in all directions.

On the door of a Moscow hotel room:  If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.




  1. we better stay away from swiss wines LOL

  2. They are all so funny!! 😀

  3. Ruth says:

    Your anguished English signs are a great way to start Tuesday.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    You have to watch out for those Methodists 🙂

  5. LOL! That tailor shop is one to watch out for! These were all funny. Thanks for the laugh Janet!

  6. Ahh hahaha, these are amazing! Some, I can understand the mix up and where they’re coming from but a few of them of truly curious. Maybe they were more intentional than they’d like to admit.

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    These are always good for a laugh and on the other hand, I can relate to similar fractures when trying to speak in another language.

    I once told my (French) mother-in-law that I smelled bad. The entire room dissolved in laughter while I stood there with a bewildered expression on my face 😏

  8. JT Twissel says:

    These are all wonderful. Thanks for the Tuesday giggle. I needed it!

  9. joey says:

    Good LOLZ. Especially Methodists 😛

  10. de Wets Wild says:

    I think I will skip on the summer suit this year, thank you… 😀

  11. Sartenada says:

    My favorite is: Copenhagen airline ticket office: We take your bags and send them in all directions. 🙂

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