Common Knowledge

Always Check The Translation

From the Independent:

A respected research institute wanted Chinese classical texts to adorn its journal, something beautiful and elegant, to illustrate a special report on China. Instead, it got a racy flyer extolling the lusty details of stripping housewives in a brothel.

Let me be the first to make the joke that I’m all for “open access” but this is a bit much…nyuk nyuk nyuk…


  1. #1 Maddy
    December 10, 2008

    Ooo dear. I always suspect something similar with tourist T-shirts with slogans on them. Just goes to show you can’t be too careful.

  2. #2 tim maguire
    December 11, 2008

    I’ve heard you find stuff like this on tatoos–that the Chinese characters on that hipster’s arm are as likely as anything to say “stupid white guy paid too much for this tatoo”

  3. #3 Tom Wood
    December 12, 2008

    Most tattoos I’ve seen are only one character. Do you really think they can make a whole phrase about how stupid you are out of one character?

  4. #4 Translations Company Manager
    January 16, 2009

    Yes it reminds me teenagers’ T-shirts with these stupid and vulgar images and slogans.

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