May 23, 2009

Pung!

Filed under: China,language — Kim @ 5:45 pm

This was one of the recent entries sent into the Torygraph’s collection of “Jolly Amusing Foreigners’ English”.

pung!

And it is quite funny and fairly typical of English signs in China. But what it reminded me of is the great onomatopeia of the Chinese word “peng” (the pinyin for the Chinese sign is “xiao xin peng tou”) which is rendered here into English as “knock” and which sounds like “Pung!”…which is a pretty good word for the sound that rings inside your ears as you bang your head. Or resonant of the sound made if your head comes into contact with anything capable of resonance.

But actually, this one is nicer…

sully

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