English speakers sometimes like to amuse themselves with ridiculous English signage from around the world. www.engrish.com is a typical example and I have to admit that there is some pretty hilarious stuff there. At the same time, I can’t help feeling that this kind of humor is adding insult to injury: first, we make the whole world speak English and then we laugh at how poorly they do it.
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