Archive for October 29th, 2005

Funny English #6

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Disclaimer:This series is about funny English found in Japan. Japan is notorious for its terrible misuse of English, and sometimes you can really get a good laugh. I’d like to point out something very important, though, WITH THIS SERIES I DO NOT INTEND TO MAKE FUN OF JAPANESE PEOPLE. As an English teacher, it would be unethical for me to do so, and as a language learner, I wouldn’t like anybody to make fun of me, either. What I’m making fun of are THE STUPID COMPANIES WHO ARE EITHER TOO CHEAP OR TOO LAZY TO HAVE THEIR ENGLISH CHECKED OUT BEFORE THEY USE IT. I mean, how much time and money does it take to have someone proof read a couple of sentences, or sometimes even single words?

These have got to be the two products with the worst names in Japan, ever!

Pocari Sweat“. They call it like that because it’s supposed to help recover watery fluids after you sweat a lot. It took me two years before I had the guts to try it out. It’s not bad actually.

Creap“: Short for “Creamy Powder”. Use it when you serve coffee to people you really don’t like.