After years of preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China graciously hosted thousands of people from around the world. However, not every business in China was ready for the massive influx of English-speaking tourists. Here are a few souvenir photos of funny Engrish signs that we’ll never forget.
NERD NOTE: “Engrish” is a slang term for the unintentional misuse of the English language. The term itself relates to how some languages inadvertently swap the English phonemes “R” and “L” for one another, a process known as lallation.
“Turd Baby”: Is this a restaurant? Hopefully, the menu is diaper fresh!!
“Bottled Water”: If the bottled water comes in cans, then what does the canned water come in?
Why be just lovely when you can “Make Yourself F**king Lovely”?
“Deep Fried And Look Like Squirrel”: It looks like a squirrel but tastes like…?
“Woof!?”: Take a wild guess at what you’re eating.
“Starbutts”: Don’t tell Starbucks but this is the best name ever for a strip club.
Give Your Seats Up To The Old, Weak, Sick, Cripple And Gravid
NERD NOTE: The word “gravid” means pregnant; carrying eggs or young. It’s an uncommon English word and often incorrectly connected with the word gravely, meaning deathly or seriously, as in “she was gravely ill.”
Robster: Hold On To Your Wallet! This Lobster Is A Thief!
“Ho Entrance”: The Prostitutes Have Their Own Entrance
“No Dying Right Here”: Please go find somewhere else to die. Hopefully, this sign isn’t outside a hospital.
Here’s “A Vegetable,” Just Don’t Ask Which One
Those Suffering From “Horrifying Highness” Or “Liquor Heads” Are Refused
Doesn’t That Supermarket Look A Little Suspicious To You?
The Hottest Holiday Gift This Year Is… Crap Your Hands Elmo!
Strange Taste Horse Beans. Yum!
Unsightly & Peculiar: Now we know where Richard Simmons buys his clothes.
“Testes To Make Your Heart Tinkle”: These Testicles Will Make Your Heart Urinate
Please Don’t Touch Yourself! Let Us Help You!
“Lettuce In Pain”: This place is known for its vegetable torture
“Please Do Not Stay Here”: This sign is at a hotel?!
It tastes a little nerdy but you should order the “Braised Dork” for dinner.
Funny Engrish Signs
Attending the 2008 Beijing Olympics was an incredible experience for thousands of people from around the world. Although humorous, these English signs show the incredible efforts that many people in China went to make English speakers feel welcome in their country. Americans rarely extend this same courtesy to non-English speakers in our country.
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