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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Flavors of English

Last year, in Tirupati, at a hotel, I saw a sign for wash basin written as "Wash Bastion".  Near Bhima's Hotel in lower Tirupati, a detour was announced because of maintenance work. The sign read: "Rob work in progress ahead". Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera handy to capture these choice pieces of literature on display. Now, after Hinglish and Tanglish, China has come up with its own Chinglish. Check it out here.

Lest you think it is only denizens of Asian countries that go about murdering English, there are plenty of examples in the US. Recently, I've been seeing more and more emergency exit doors marked:

"This door is alarmed. Please do not use."

2 comments:

Kishan said...

Next time you see such signs don't forget to upload them to www.failblog.org

grand said...

Its really great. Definitely we have to collect those memorable things. Awesome post.