Kids can have existential crisis too

posted on 28 Nov 2018 in Chinglish, Containers

Photo courtesy of Amy Liu.
Pencil case found in China.

19 captions

  1. Algernon | 5:38 am |

    Oly nothing what’s the point

  2. Algernon | 5:39 am |

    Pencil case for the insecure

  3. DrLex | 6:55 am |

    This case is actually a weapon against artificial intelligences that are unable to deal with paradoxes.

  4. Frank Burns | 9:14 am |

    Perfect gift for your little Nihilist.

  5. Frank Burns | 9:17 am |

    These pencils have no points…………

  6. Pete | 12:10 pm |

    Ah, the mysteries of Engrish.

    OK, so this pencil case was found in CHINA?
    As in Mainland China? The PRC?

    The pencil case was clearly manufactured by a Japanese company for Japanese consumers.

    Although it’s hard to read, it looks like the pictured character’s name is:
    “Ducknosuke”. Or, a misspelled “Dachnosuke?

    The ending “…-nosuke” is a very VERY common male Japanese personal name (i.e., first name, not surname), meaning “Helper Of….(blank).”

    Second, that little pink blob over the duck’s head, is how Japanese people typically draw/paint an Octopus. What the heck a little Octopus has to do with pencils or ducks is beyond me. Maybe it’s just an “aquatic theme” or something? (Except ducks are freshwater creatures and Octopi saltwater creatures….???)

    Third, why is the little pink Octopus waving a fan with the Japanese national “Hinomaru” (Rising Sun) Japanese flag? I’d think this would encourage the average Chinese mainlander to start stomping all over the pencil case in hatred (that famed Chinese hatred of Japan and anything Japanese) rather than buy it for their one child. If this pencil case was from Taiwan, then I could see it. Taiwanese are less anti-Japan than the mainlanders.

    A pencil case wrapped in an enigma…..I guess.

  7. Marum | 5:53 pm |

    If he’s Asian, it possible is next to nothing.

  8. Marum | 5:57 pm |

    @Pete 1210.
    Dach (Deutsch) = top or roof. ie Hausdach = house top.

    So he could be a “top” nosuke.

  9. Marum | 5:58 pm |

    Edit possible = possibly

  10. Marum | 6:00 pm |

    Well! Stuff em. It’s ‘Darn old duck’.

  11. Marum | 6:01 pm |

    Not only do the pencils have no points. Neither does the text have a point.

  12. Marum | 8:06 pm |

    BTW. It seems to be instructing the kids about the birds and the bees.

    OK. The birds anyhow.

  13. Marum | 8:07 pm |

    Come and see Donald and Daisy -uck.

  14. Long Tom | 5:21 am |

    Do they have karaoke in China now?

  15. Pete | 7:39 am |

    @Long Tom 5:21 am,

    Uh, yes.
    China has karaoke.
    And has for quite a long time.
    So does S. Korea. So does Taiwan.

    Except in Chinese it’s pronounced kah-lah-oh-kay.

    Your question mystifies me.
    Why would the Chinese NOT have karaoke?

  16. Marum | 8:13 am |

    @Pete above. One may have hoped, (In vain) that the Chineesee had better taste.

  17. Pete | 11:06 am |

    @Marum 8:13 am,

    And as I’m sure you know, Pinoys & Pinays can’t live without Karaoke.
    It’s just NOT a party for Filipinos if there’s no Karaoke.

  18. Marum | 6:34 pm |

    @Pete. My range is in the Paul Robeson – Johnny Cash key.

    So! I did a rendition of Joe Hill. One, they were mystified as to what it was about, and two I nearly blew the bass speakers out of their karaoke machine.
    They never asked me again.🙉

  19. Pete | 7:40 am |

    @Marum 6:34 pm,

    Well, that’s ONE way to achieve the objective!

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