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Adventures in Chinglish
The Beijing authorities have been working long and hard in the run-up to the Olympics to stamp out Chinglish — but examples still abound all round town of this unique mix of Mandarin and English.
It’s fun checking out the slogans on T-shirts to find the finest example of strangulated language.
Some Chinglish has even won the official stamp of approval.
“Brokeback” — popularised from the movie “Brokeback Mountain” about two gay cowboys – has passed the test with formal acceptance by Chinese scholars as Mandarin shorthand for gay.
But it would be hard to top the all-time favourite quintet of Chinglish entries picked by the U.S.-based Global Language Monitor:
– If you are stolen, call the police
– Airline Pulp (food served aboard airlines)
– The slippery are very crafty (slippery when wet)
– Do not climb the rocketry (rock wall)
– Deformed man toilet (handicapped restroom)
We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open for more…
PHOTO: 21-year-old Beijing T-shirt seller Xinxin stands in her stall in the popular Huawei Shopping Centre in Beijing June 13, 2008. REUTERS/Gillian Murdoch