Trade is a serious business, but we can’t be serious all the time, can we? For some travel-related laughs, go check out InnocentEnglish.com, a website put together by a teacher who tutored non-native English speakers and picked up a lot of stories, quotes and signs from all over the world that are just hysterical. This is not meant to poke fun at anybody, but rather to enjoy the myriad ways that the peculiar English language can be misunderstood and mis-used. English is one tough language to master. Here are a few examples from InnocentEnglish:
In a Bucharest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day.
During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.
On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
On the menu of a Polish hotel:
Salad a firm’s own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people’s fashion.
Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop:
Ladies have fits upstairs.
And a photo a friend sent to me:
Hope this cheers you up on tax day!