07 May 2007

English as she is worst spoke

Rummaging through my old piles of paper, I've found this treasure. Check it out!

The English language has been taking a terrible pounding, according to an EC investigation reported in the Wall Street Journal. The report provided a charge list of grievous bodily harm inflicted on the Queen's English by hotels and other businesses. A notice in one Japanese hotel told guests: "You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid." In Paris, visitors were posed with an ethical problem, "Please leave your values at the front desk", while diners at an Acapulco hotel had their thirst slaked by a notice saying, "The manager has personally passed all the water served here". Visitors to a zoo in Budapest were exhorted not to "feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty." In Hong Kong a dentist extracted teeth "by the latest Methodists", and in Copenhagen an airline office promised to "take your bags and send them in all directions". The laundry industry fared no better. A Bangkok dry cleaner extolled customers to "Drop your trousers here for best results", while a Roman laundry was equally brazen: "Ladies," it declared, "leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time".

Source: Unidentified. If anyone knows where this excerpt is from, please let me know.


Mat said...

This is one of those 'memes', files that 'go viral' and digitally reproduce themselves everywhere (uncredited) online.

It was originally taken from the book Anguished English (1989) by Richard Lederer, the first in his series of similar books.

You can search the whole book at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/yo5s4u

Bambi said...

People should read this.