Say WHAT?! Wednesday

English is so popular here that it almost doesn’t matter what something says, Koreans will buy it just for the writing. This week’s Say WHAT?! is one of the best examples I can think of to prove my point.

During my first year teaching in Busan, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw one of the most popular 6th grade girls wearing the shirt below.

engrishIf you can’t make out the writing, it says…


23 thoughts on “Say WHAT?! Wednesday

    • I honestly don’t think she understood it because she was a sweet girl. But you never know. Her English was one of the best in our school (but it was a low level school).

  1. Heeheehee … at least the shirt didn’t express the opposite sentiment. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now that would’ve been a double “SAY WHAT?!”

    • … oh my goodness gracious … I just noticed that the “(THIS SHIRT IS OLD)” part is actually written on the shirt. (Sorry, I’m not the sharpest needle in the haystack after a two-hour nap.) I guess her shirt really does say the opposite, without actually SAYING it. Too funny! Thanks for a post-nap laugh. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Yeah this shirt definitely implied that she is not a virgin. Part of the quirks of teaching in Korea, I guess. I also had a 5th grade boy that wore a “Fashionista” shirt, but I never managed to get a picture.

    • I just had my friends send me a few pics of shirts they’ve seen their students wear to school. Check back for more crazy English each Wednesday. Thanks for reading!

  2. I saw a tshirt for sale in Bangkok that had a really cute bunny rabbit on it. Under the bunny was the phrase, “Cancer would get cancer and die.” …

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  4. I feel like this sometimes in Singapore too… although I am sure they know what the shirts say, they just don’t realize how cheesy the sayings are some times. Things like…”life is like a flower if you wish for what you want the bloom opens” or other awful forms of poetry.

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