It’s time for us Westerners to wipe the smirk off our face, we’ve been sniggering at Chinglish for far too long. With the rise in popularity of Mandarin as a second language, and the general idea that Chinese and Japanese characters are “cool”, it was inevitable that we’d start to see these ancient characters misused in all sorts of ways.
Hanzi Smatter, the blog “dedicated to the misuse of Chinese characters in Western culture”, has been going for some years now, but this is the first time it has been mentioned here on ChineseHacks. The blog features user submitted photographs of strange Chinese language tattoos, signs, t-shirts and more, complete with the deciphered translation, most often gibberish or offensive, of the Chinese characters.
Here’s a few of the more interesting examples:
If you find any particularly funny examples post a link in the comments.