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Sunday, January 21, 2007


I kind of knew about engrish before yesterday. But not a whole lot. I have never been Asia! All I do know is that native speakers of Chinese and Japanese seem to have problems with the L sound. So like becomes rike. I rike to ride my bike. That kind of thing.

But it seems there is MUCH MORE to engrish than I thought! So I researched the topic a bit, mostly from THIS WEBSITE. Here is what I found!

You have probably seen some asshole with "Japanese" or "Chinese" characters tattooed on their arm or leg or face or whatever. Now the person with the tat does not look Asian. They look white. VERY white. They can not read or speak any Asian language. So how do they know that character really means "life" or "energy" or "essence" or whatever? Hell the tattoo artist looks like this!

What does he know about Japanese writing? And the asshole you see with the riced out Honda complete with that "cool" sticker? You know, the one with the Japanese writing? The driver probably looks like some 19 or 20 year old shaved head goofus - what does he know about Japanese? Nothing. The sticker may translate into "look at me, I am a total dumbass" or "I stick dildos up my ass for fun". Nobody would know, except for someone who can read Japanese. And they will probably just point and laugh.

But here in the States, the characters are used to sell crap. Cause it looks cool.

Well guess what? It seems that in Asian Countries, English is treated the same way! Yes, in Japan people take a few years of English in school. Many years actually. But on the street, guess who speaks it? Thats right - Americans, Brits, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and so on. Most people do not use English daily, or even weekly. So the language skills they learn slowly fade away.

This is where engrish comes in. Because most people can make out some words, but do not really care, many things written in engrish are just slapped together. Little or no attempt is made to get anything correct. Who cares about that English scribble crap anyway? Residents of the nation are just going to read the Japanese script anyway.

Just like YOU would ignore Japanese characters and just read the English (if you are in an English speaking Country that is). Do you really think the stickers on cars, the writing on t-shirts, tattoos, and so on are proof read? Do you think much (if any) attempt is made to get anything correct? Hell no! It is just "marketing". As it is in Japan. Marketing, using our language like we use theirs.

Here are some good examples, from

Kind of blunt, but you get the message. Shit in the toilet please. Someone probably made this engrish after having to clean up a Cleveland Steamer left in the middle of the floor. The "bad" word? Think they care? Children in the nation this photo came from probably ignore the engrish and read that other stuff.

Here is another example, possibly my favorite example ever!

It seems that the chick in this photo had NO IDEA what her shirt said. But like I pointed out before - do you have ANY clothing with Japanese characters on it? If so, do you know what it means? Do you REALLY know what it means? Are you sure? The story here is that Spread Beaver was the name of a Japanese band. The other writing was apparently added in by the person who printed the t-shirt and has no connection to the band at all. More than likely, the printer knew what they were writing. But maybe not! At any rate, the people who bought the shirts probably had no idea.

It just "looked cool" to them. Marketing. So there you go! Now you know a little more bout engrish. And now, the rest of this post will be in engrish!

Under the sun, I have happy good time in wet place. I move to place and see large scary path going to large fish. I have happy ending questing in wet place to the end with picture.


Tomorrow morning I am going back to Shark Valley! I will ride the 15 mile loop through the swamp again, and take some more photos. What the hell were YOU thinking that meant?



Blogger Badoozie said...

well, where I come from, boneless brown trout are a delicacy, we don't put them in the toilet, we put them on our plates.

I'm not into all that symbol stuff. the only symbol I know is


Blogger Senor Caiman said...

The Lazy,

That blond chick with the rebel dress is super hot.

The only code the Japanese weren't able to bust in WWII was the Indian language. After working with the Japanese I found that their not that creative they're just very disciplined which can be confused with intelligence.

Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Badoozie, where I am from you ALWAYS look out for brown sharks before jumping in the ocean.

Caiman - They are good at math. We need more Japanese immigrants.

Blogger Badoozie said...

i'm thinking of getting a japanese exchange student. i hate math. although i did get an A in finite....i didn't have to take stats, i got out of it, because that would surely have killed me, and if i go back for my masters, they might make me take it.

Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Getting a Japanese exchange student is an excellent idea. They are clean, quiet, respectful to their elders, and good at math. The exchange student could totally ace statistics for you.

PS - stats is not really that hard. It is all Z score this and Chi square that. But you use this table thing to pretty much look up the answer.

Are you going to swap kids? Because I really wish I had thought to be an exchange student when I was younger. It would be an incredible fantastic experience.

If your kid is still a bit young, keep the idea in the back of your head. High School is when students enter the program. Your grades have to be good and of course, no discipline problems.

A public school in Japan is going to be better than a public school in the USA. AND you get exposed to another culture! Really - there is no way to not win.

Blogger Badoozie said...

oh, i could never send my boy off, i'd die. he's my main reason for living, and we can't have me dying

the little taste of stats i had was odds and in..if bob rolls off a hill, what are the odds he will break both his arms and his legs?

i mean WHO FREAKING CARES!! let him roll. i'm serious, i'll dig out my textbook and prove this example. it made my eyes water up just thinking about it.

Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Badoozie - the exchange student thing can be an excellent opportunity. You just can not get that kind of life experience in class. I wish I had done it.

Blogger Kristen said...

I was an exchange student to Germany in 1989. Now that we have digital cameras, the internet, and cheap long distance, I feel cheated. I need a time machine so I can go back and do it RIGHT.

Also, I rove

Blogger Fuzz said...

I have a daughter who is into Chinese calligraphy She knew a person with a tattoo they thought met "unique" but it really said "kinda weird". I don't think she told them.

Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Fuzz - that is great. Westerners ought to not get eastern design tattoos. Unless they are from there and understand what the designs mean. REALLY understand.

I hope bad tat guy goes to China and gets pointed and laughed at.


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