I could think of worse places…

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. 

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Droll not Troll
Droll not Troll
2 years ago

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

Droll not Troll
Droll not Troll
2 years ago

Mr Netanyahu, we’re looking at you!

Droll not Troll
Droll not Troll
2 years ago

Who’s been giving head to a fish?

algernon
algernon
2 years ago

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

algernon
algernon
2 years ago

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

EffEff
EffEff
2 years ago

I don’t think it smells like a tulip.

Droll not Troll
Droll not Troll
2 years ago

Must be a blowfish.

Conventi
Conventi
2 years ago

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…

Droll not Troll
Droll not Troll
2 years ago

@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.

Droll not Troll
Droll not Troll
2 years ago

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

Running Comment
Running Comment
2 years ago

So long and thanks for all the fish heads.

Running Comment
Running Comment
2 years ago

@DnT 4.35 am:

Perhaps a case of deep trouting ?

Pete
Pete
2 years ago

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

Marum
Marum
2 years ago

@DnT & Conventi 0509 ; 0540

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

Marum
Marum
2 years ago

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.

Droll not Troll
Droll not Troll
2 years ago

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

Droll not Troll
Droll not Troll
2 years ago

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

Marum
Marum
2 years ago

Maybe it’s a Suckher Fish.

Marum
Marum
2 years ago

Often known as the Genetalia Groper

Marum
Marum
2 years ago
Long Tom
Long Tom
2 years ago

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.

Peter Chan
Peter Chan
2 years ago

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

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