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15 sign translations that completely mangled the English language

“No romping in potato.”

EARLIER THIS WEEK, Pointless presenter Richard Osman shared a delightful translation fail his daughter had spotted in China.

And in response, people shared their own favourite translation fails…

1. This sign in Turkey instructing you to time travel

osman Source: AFJM_/Twitter

2. Whatever you do, don’t be safe

Ct73Ki0WEAA_2bo Source: David Hunt/Twitter

3. Let’s Eat Tar!

Mmm, appetising.

tar Source: Tim/Twitter

4. This extremely continental breakfast

cont Source: Josh/Twitter

5. We’re sensing a trend here…

send Source: Michael Carey/Twitter


bean Source: Stephanie Johnston/Twitter

7. This reassuring sign about being allowed to use your private parts however you like


Ct1yJLcXYAEaszT Source: Andrew Graystone/Twitter

8. This chronically useless map

“You are here”


map Source: Leo Gebbie/Twitter

9. “…for assisting the difficult”

A struggle every retail worker can deal with.

Ct1wN9cWIAA9ZYg Source: Sarah Deech/Twitter

10. Come again?

tony Source: Tony Balmforth/Twitter


11. “Please do not touch my knob!”

Ct2XmbpXgAAGNq0 Source: Kathryn Rudd/Twitter


Rock on!

Ct7JlL8WAAA6iu- Source: Rebecca Franks/Twitter

13. “Hi, I’d like to report some evil operation…”

Ct1wkNyXYAAE7uv Source: Drew Davie/Twitter

14. Clear instructions here

Ct2B5P7WgAE6LV5 Source: Robert Murphy/Twitter

15. And finally… ‘poopy seeds’

pen Source: pennington/Twitter

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