Dum Dum

July 11, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE, Ulalume | 0 Comments |

Whilst we have scolded the arrogance of Europeans in imagining translation (from their own romance languages into the more prosaic English) to be easy, even without Google Translate (see Bitings on a Complimentary Basis), we do not for one moment flatter ourselves that the Anglosphere is any smarter.  The sign recently photographed in the bathroom of a superior court proves that Dumb is King, and reigns onward, ever onward.  It is not a translation error of course, merely a statement so trite and so simple-minded that it might have been written with The Varnished Culture‘s cat in mind.

By the way, the filthy, cracked and ancient cake of soap resting near the sign looked more dangerous than a burst of boiling water.


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