Bad Translations

Discussion in 'Funny Farm' started by Tuffgong4, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. Tuffgong4

    Tuffgong4 The Donger Need Food!!!! Political User

    The name Coca-Cola in China was first rendered as Ke-kou-ke-la meaning, "bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax" depending on the dialect. Coke later found the right Chinese characters that are phonetically close to the brand, "ko-kou-ko-le" which can be translated as, happiness in the mouth".

    In Taiwan, the translation of the Pepsi slogan "Come alive with the Pepsi Generation" came out as "Pepsi will bring your ancestors back from dead".

    In Chinese, the KFC slogan "finger licking good" came out as "eat your fingers off".

    Pinto, a Ford brand car, was Brazilian slang for "tiny male genitals".

    Frank Perdue's slogan "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken" got translated in Spanish as "It takes a hard man to make a chicken aroused".

    In Italy, a campaign for Schweppes Tonic Water translated the name into Schweppes Toilet Water.
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  2. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

  3. Tittles

    Tittles Dabba Dooba Political User

    Muskegon, Michigan
    • "Drop your pants here for best results."
      -sign at a dry cleaning store in Tokyo
    • "We take your bags and send them in all directions."
      -sign at a Scandinavian airport
    • "Ladies may have a fit upstairs."
      -sign at a dry cleaning store in Bangkok
    • "Please leave your values at the front desk."
      -sign in a hotel in Paris.
    • "Here speeching American."
      -sign in a Moroccan shop.
    • "No smoothen the lion."
      -sign in a zoo in the Czech Republic.
    • "The lift is being fixed. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable."
      -sign in Bucharest hotel lobby
    • "Teeth extracted by latest methodists."
      -sign in Hong Kong dentist's office.
    • "STOP! Drive Sideways."
      -detour sign in Japan.
    • "Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time."
      -sign in a Rome laundry.
    • "If you consider our help impolite, you should see the manager."
      -sign in an Athens hotel.
    • "Our wines leave you nothing to hope for."
      -on the menu of a Swiss restaurant
    • "It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man."
      -in a Bangkok temple
    • "Fur coats made for ladies from their own skin."
      -window of a Swedish furrier
    • "Specialist in women and other diseases."
      -doctor's office in Rome
    • "When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor."
      -car rental brochure in Tokyo.
  4. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

  5. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    A true Henyman motto. :p

    Well, they are farm animals. :D
  6. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma


    Still waiting for "please pass the salt" to be translated as "the dim shoe just snare off" :D Wonder if that could happen...

    And though

    could result in increased sales, well until people find out it doesn't work; somehow I think

    wouldn't fly with many people :D

    Language is funny sometimes. But on the downside, a thumbs up in the Middle East can be taken as the equivalent of flipping the bird in the west.
  7. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    When I went to Iraq, we were told to just smile and head nod and be curteous when being introduced to the Iraqis.

    Apparently you are only supposed to use 1 hand to wipe yourself.

    Many people were using it to shake hands.... I thoguth that was funny as $h|+....

    Im sorry I was PUNNY...

  8. X-Istence

    X-Istence * Political User

    "Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time."

    That is a one that i have seen here in the Netherlands as well, it was right before a nude beach :p. Most women actually did that, and they made their most money from people going to the nude beach.