FUNNY MISTAKES

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FUNNY MISTAKES

These are mistakes in English seen on signs in other countries. If you don’t understand why they are funny, ask a native English speaker to explain!

Hotels
Hungary (hotel): “This lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable”
France (hotel): “Please leave your values at the front desk”
Japan (hotel): “You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid”
Norway (hotel lounge): “Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar”

Shops
Hong Kong (tailor’s shop): “Ladies may have a fit upstairs”
Greece (tailor’s shop): “Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation”
France (dress shop): “Dresses for street walking”
Italy (laundry): “Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time”

Tourism
France (railway): “Obliteration on the train”
Czech Republic (tourist office): “Take one of our horse-drawn tours – we guarantee no miscarriages”

Restaurants
Switzerland (restaurant): “Our wines leave you nothing to hope for”
Mexico (hotel restaurant): “The manager has personally passed all the water served here”

Doctors
Italy (doctor’s surgery): “Specialist in women and other diseases”
Hong Kong (dentist’s surgery): “Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists”

But it isn’t only non-native English speakers who write strange things.
Here is a list of some label instructions on consumer goods in the UK or America:

On a bag of crisps: “You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside”
On a frozen dinner: “Serving suggestion: Defrost”
On a tiramisu pudding (printed on bottom): “Do not turn upside down”
On a bread pudding: “Product will be hot after heating.”
On an iron: “Do not iron clothes on body.”
On a cough medicine for children: “Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication”
On a packet of sleeping pills: “Warning: May cause drowsiness”
On a packet of peanuts: “Warning: contains nuts”
On a child’s superman costume: “Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly”

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