Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fun quirks of language 04

While searching for my next Jap school to attend, I came across two of the worst Romanizations of Cantonese and Hokkien shop names ever:

A tire shop called Kum Ho Tires.

A hawker centre called Bee Fatt.


And just for fun, here's an extract from the Devil's Dictionary:

Gold, n. A yellow metal greatly prized for its convenience in the various kinds of robbery known as trade. The word was formerly spelt 'God' - the l was inserted to distinguish it from the name of another and inferior deity.

Edit: Since we're on the subject of gold, kindly take a good look at this article before your next investment in a shiny trinket.

1 comment:

Rambling Alcoholic said...

Kumho is a korean brand if im not mistaken. =P