I took a picture of this sign during a family holiday in Cairns. My then-six-year-old daughter noticed the German “Achtung” and so asked why it didn’t say “Warning” in her third language, Persian. Her father, the designated Persian-speaker in our family, quipped “because Iranians have enough common sense to stay away from crocodiles anyway. They don’t need a sign.” The same could presumably be said of the speakers of all the other languages that haven’t made it onto the sign … And what does this mean for the speakers of the three represented languages? I might be wrong but I do get the impression that British and German tourists are more likely than anyone else to be eaten by crocodiles and sharks or to get lost in the Australian wilderness … Chinese and Japanese tourists seem to be a more sensible lot, though …
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