10 Hilarious Messages in "Engrish"
I never thought that English was a funny language. Well, there are some words and phrases that sound funny, but then they are intended to be funny. Anyway, that's true for real English (American, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand English included). But what about "Engrish"?
What is "Engrish"?
According to WikiPedia, Engrish "is a slang term for the misuse of the English language by native speakers of some East Asian languages". The term itself comes from the way the Japanese pronounce "English". Since they don't have the "L" sound in their own language, they substitute it with the "R" sound. The Japanese and the Chinese love writing in "Engrish" and the funniest thing is that they don't always get things right. And only too often a perfectly innocent phrase becomes hilarious. Really hilarious. So, here are 10 "Engrish" phrases that I found really funny.
Disclaimer: I'm only posting the phrases because I don't own the actual photos. Go to Engrish.com to have a look at the originals and find many more "Engrish" corkers.
1. A miserable romantic rat
This mousetrap description can make anyone die of laughter, not to mention miserable romantic rats:
Romantic rat night life
The charming dashing habit is many
The on the way fortune upons the strange monster
Miserably and miserably and miserably!die
Sounds like deep and philosophical Chinese poetry, doesn't it?
2. Electricity is sexy
Now, I don't know about the country where you come from, but apparently electricity is considered really sexy in China. Moreover, it's compulsory:
China is national compulsory sex product attestation
3. A delightful surprise
Toilet is better than Christmas (the following is written on a Japanese toilet slipper. These slippers are worn when one enters the loo):
Always a delightful surprise
Just make sure you plan it right, OK?
4. New concept of healthy tea drinking
Need I say more? Only that "it possesses a bright liquor, fragrant aroma and characteristic flavour".
5. What about tolerance?
Beverages from a Japanese supermarket:
NON HOMO MILK
I never knew Lipton made straight tea... And human rights fighters, where are you???
6. A taste for a true gourmet
From a salami pack:
Orchard City I thought that acid
Fresh new feeling of new flu
Consume with caution...
Guess what this is written on:
Please do not chase, slapstick!
On a wet floor sign! Wasn't it obvious?
8. Taiwanese facial creme
It can do wonders:
Clean Out Horniest Gel
9. Surgeons will be envious
Lip & eye remover
Thankfully, they clarify: "lipcolor off, eyecolor off".
10. Traditional food
And last but not least, a traditional dish:
Braised Crap Served on Pebbles
Did you enjoy these? Which one is your favourite? And if you know any "Engrish", please share in your comments!