What I wonder is what does that sign (in the first post) mean in translation?
How would I answer the phone? … Ummm: "Sushi!?"
I think that it is a good idea to start the day with some laughter, and as a result, I frequently begin my day with a look at Engrish.com. More often than not, I do get some laughter out of the latest example of the slaughtering of the English language by Japanese businesses who want to appear "hip" by using English phrases in their advertising and on their signage. To their countrymen these businesses may appear "hip", but to anyone truly literate in English, they seem mostly humorous through their use of nonsequitors, malapropisms, misspellings, etc.
These examples are nothing compared to some of the signs I’ve seen in Japan.
There is a great place in Los Angeles’ Chinatown called "Won Kok". I slapped the guy who recommended we go there. But it turned out to be the most authentic place I’ve been to.
couldnt find a listing on google phone book for them in Lake City..
I first saw that with the caption that it was in Port Richey, Florida.
reminds me of a casino dealer I once saw, whose nametag said "soo mi"
Are you sure about that? Can you recite a reasonably correct rendition of some obscenities in Cantonese, or Mandarin, or Hakka, or any of the other Chinese dialects? If you can’t, then it is also very possible that someone who speaks little English can recite obscenities in the English language.
The last time that I checked, ESL (English as a Second Language) courses did not teach newcomers how to curse in the English language. Nor did Berlitz or other popular language courses. Or, would you prefer that they did teach obscenties to those who are of foreign origin?
While I still doubt the veracity of the Fuk Mi sign, the other signs may represent businesses owned by people whose first language was not English and are thus ignorant of the nastier parts of our language.
The owners of these place cannot hide behind the mantra of "we didn’t know".
I took the Fukuya picture myself. (See the directory listing.)
The Fu King picture isn’t coming across for me. I will try to remedy that:
According to Travel Advisor, there is a Fu King restaurant in Lake City, FL. That is a bit different than either Fuk Mi or Fukuya.
Like I said, that first photograph is widely considered to be a "Photoshopped" image. However, I could have been misinformed. If you can show me a legitimate listing for this restaurant, then I will recant!
This place is in Lake City, FL
Find them on Trip Advisor
FUKYUA is listed in the Dallas restaurant listings:
Aside from the obvious answer to your question [;)], it should be noted that this particular image has been floating around in cyberspace for perhaps 5 years as an example of what can be done with Photoshop software. It is definitely funny, but I don’t think that you can automatically assume that it is authentic.
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