Thursday, January 15, 2004

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If you've had a hard day and just need to sit back and laugh, try this collection of English advertising and advisory writing from Japan and around the world.

Today's picture of the day shows this text on the back of someone's jacket:

It's very comfortable and we feel happy put on it. We are sure this wear will become one of the most versatile garmens in your wordrobe

Before you think I'm some kind of xenophobic lout, let me state that these people's English is infinitely superior to my Japanese (or whatever), but you never appreciate how hard English is and how nuanced our everyday usage can be until you see someone miss it by just a smidge. It's also a glimpse (through overly direct translations) into some of the deepest longings of these other languages (such as the pharmacy named "Happy Drug").

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