I could think of worse places…

posted on 5 Feb 2019 in Engrish from Other Countries

Photo courtesy of Ian Bennett.
Coaster found in Oman. 

23 captions

  1. Droll not Troll | 4:16 am |

    -Hello, room service? My fish has no head!
    – How does it smell, sir?

  2. Droll not Troll | 4:20 am |

    Mr Netanyahu, we’re looking at you!

  3. Droll not Troll | 4:35 am |

    Who’s been giving head to a fish?

  4. algernon | 4:48 am |

    How’s the fish, well its been dead for days.

  5. algernon | 4:49 am |

    So that’s what the fish said to the man in the tux.

  6. EffEff | 4:56 am |

    I don’t think it smells like a tulip.

  7. Droll not Troll | 5:04 am |

    Must be a blowfish.

  8. Conventi | 5:09 am |

    Interesting, is this a figure of speech in English ? In German, it is “Der Fisch stinkt from Kopf” and it means something like a chaotic hierarchy where the boss at the top makes the life of everybody else miserable.
    Does not really make sense in this context…

  9. Droll not Troll | 5:40 am |

    @Conventi: There is a version of this in English, and also a Yiddish version, apparently. I read where it was used to refer to Israeli PM Netanyahu on at least one occasion, and here it’s in a hotel in an Arab country. I see a possible link.

  10. Droll not Troll | 5:43 am |

    I think the English phrase usually says ” A fish ROTS from the head.”

  11. Running Comment | 6:54 am |

    So long and thanks for all the fish heads.

  12. Running Comment | 6:57 am |

    @DnT 4.35 am:

    Perhaps a case of deep trouting ?

  13. Pete | 7:14 am |

    Arabic marketing is just SO appetizing.
    (Not to mention mystifying.)

  14. Marum | 11:49 am |

    @DnT & Conventi 0509 ; 0540

    The saying in both English and Deutsch means: All corruption starts at the top. (and works downward)

  15. Marum | 12:10 pm |

    Some very old languages have lots of quotations especially ancient Arabic, so too Kiswahili. Which derived from ancient Arabic.. It is a language widely spoken on the east coast of Africa.

    They have a book of quotes called the Kanga. In fact that long wrap which the ladies wear, is oft’ festooned with quotes from the venerable book.

    My favourite quote from the Kanga:

    Fadihla za punda ni mateke. = A donkey repays a favour with a myriad of kicks.

    thus: It hurts to be critisized, when you were trying to help.

    BTW. Kiswahili means similar to Fa’sa’amoa.

  16. Droll not Troll | 5:04 pm |

    One fish, two fish, bad fish, EWWW! fish.

  17. Droll not Troll | 5:26 pm |

    @Long Tom | 11:04 am: Welp, that’s my weirdness quota filled for this week!. 😀

  18. Marum | 10:23 pm |

    Maybe it’s a Suckher Fish.

  19. Marum | 10:28 pm |

    Often known as the Genetalia Groper

  20. Marum | 10:35 pm |

    Genetalia Rap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0RIKHfwAhA

  21. Long Tom | 8:31 am |

    I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Dr. Demento’s radio show, but that is where I heard the song years ago.

  22. Peter Chan | 11:56 am |

    Consider yourself lucky.
    Otherwise your head stinks in the fish.

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