Commercial English Twists and Malaprops

It’s always amusing to see how English is used in commerce in non-English speaking countries. This is just a fun collection of some of the signs that  caught my attention in the West Bank. I missed some really good ones on my rides to and fro Hebron and Bethlehem as the Service was faster than my camera. And in the interest of fairness, when I traveled in Taiwan, I could have compiled an equally absurd collection had I thought of it at the time – all in good fun.

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Coming from our American culture of political correctness, I found these two fashion-oriented store names in a society where dark complexions and coal brown eyes are the norm kind of amusing.

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You can aspire for the crown, or you can – well, never mind.

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Well, we *are* in the Holy Land

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Not exactly the big box version. I’m not sure what they were targeting here.

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You’ve got your shoes for boogying and then you’ve got the respectable ones

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If four kids get a little too rambunctious, you can always go over to Gentle Kids

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I’m not sure what this green saloon was selling. It looked like wedding dresses, but maybe that was a front.

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Every time I come here, I feel like I’ve been here before.

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Why stop with one turkey when you can have two

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We don’t want to leave out the men.

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Meanie Market, Mini market, Mine Market ?

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This was one of my favorites. How can that not make you smile?

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This is one of the most aptly named tattoo parlors I’ve ever seen. If you’re straining to read it, yes it does say, “Pain Art.”

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And my all time favorite. No one would ever believe me if I hadn’t posted a photo.

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3 thoughts on “Commercial English Twists and Malaprops

  1. Wow! Don’t you wonder what the story is behind the Nazi dental lab.
    Delightful pics you’ve shared. Good to find a reason to smile while there.

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