Your Monthly Konglish: 4/2016

1). Not Konglish, just something that doesn’t make sense. You’ll often see “freebies” taped to products in grocery stores. Things that belong together: a couple extra diapers taped to a box of diapers, or batteries taped to a toy. Things that don’t belong together: a raincoat (!!!) taped to a box of cereal (left) or a sponge taped to a box of cereal (right).

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2). Trouble Buster: you bust trouble?

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3). “Let’s groove it!” Not sure what that means. But, this store has a plethora of items with Konglish printed on them!

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4). Cactus: “Clumpy but he has warm heart.” Clumpy = prickly? How do they know that the cactus is a “he?”

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5). “Wheelie bin desk tidy.” Wheelie bin keeps your desk tidy? They were really cute tiny trash bins.

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6). Meow! “Cat is always right.” Dog is always wrong.

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7). Bears “need more slep” in order to spell ‘sleep’ correctly.

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8). Not even sure why they would advertise that the AC in the subway car is on low?

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9). Pocket Cheese actually makes sense. Individually wrapped cheese sticks you can put in your pocket.

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10). Isn’t there more than one odd person?

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11). “The grow mustache and be a man” shirt.

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12). Seen in elevator: very confusing graphics to what appears to be an anti-smoking poster. The graphic on the left is disturbing… A child suffocating in a plastic bag. (Smoking can be like suffocating your child?) My neighbor (also a foreigner) said she thought the sign was about a child who was kidnapped! The graphic on the right looks to be a picture of a person in prison, behind bars that are made of cigarettes (and it looks to be drawn by an elementary school kid).

Oh, and the tagline (which I cropped out by accident) says, “World class self-esteem.” Um, ok.

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2 responses to “Your Monthly Konglish: 4/2016”

  1. Helena says :

    Too funny!

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