Bad signs

Not signs of a collapsing economy, or signs of global instability … just bad signs. Literally.

You may have heard of some web sites that portray examples of bad English translations, and if you haven’t, and if you can use a laugh, you should take a look at these:

  • Engrish.com: Of course, this may be the best collection of this stuff out there (or is it?).

    In case of emergency ... Call Superman.

    In case of emergency ... Call Superman.

  • Chocolate Covered SQL at TheDailyWTF: You don’t have to be ESL to write something inane in English.
  • Chocolate Covered SQL

  • Hanzi Smatter: Do you know what those cool Chinese character tatoos mean?  Unfortunately, neither do the people that wear them.
  • And two other signs that really should have been looked over before they went to print:

    Translate Server Error - Whoops!

    I wonder what they serve here ... oh, "Translate server error"? Sounds delicious!

I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.

This one may appear harmless, but the Welsh translation reads: "I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated."

Update: signs aren’t the only things that require forethought and proper planning: this post on kraxu.com illustrates several instances in which a construction project was designed — and carried out — without really thinking things through thoroughly.

Maybe youve heard of the Bridge to Nowhere ... but that was never built.

Maybe you've heard of the Bridge to Nowhere ... but at least that was never actually built.

Another update: The Daily Mail Online (U.K. paper supplement) features a fairly impressive collection of mangled English signs in a recent article.

Now that is a very ... well, you can read it for yourself.

Now that is a very ... well, you can read it for yourself.

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