Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Importance of Careful Translation

I have heard of people getting Chinese script characters tattooed and then find out later what they thought was the sign for Peace was actually taken from a menu.

Now the esteemed Max Planck Institute has committed a similar blunder. The above cover of Max Planck Research (MaxPlanckForschung) has just been withdrawn but not before thousands of copies were distributed. The Chinese text reads in translation:

With high salaries, we have cordially invited for an extended series of matinées

KK and Jiamei as directors, who will personally lead jade-like girls in the spring of youth,

Beauties from the north who have a distinguished air of elegance and allure,

Young housewives having figures that will turn you on;

Their enchanting and coquettish performance will begin within the next few days.

It is taken from a poster set up in the streets of Hong Kong's redlight district.

A meme or just dumb?

A more detailed account with expanded translation is available HERE.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Probably just dumb, but check out: