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don't touch my mustache!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by john turner, Apr 5, 2009.


  1. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    in japanese, the english phrase "don't touch my mustache" is very close to the japanese phrase that means "you're welcome". ("doo itasimasite")

    do any of our bi-lingual tb'ers know of any other phrases like that, either where a phrase in a foreign language sounds similar to something funny in english, or vice versa (a phrase in english that sounds like something funny in a foreign language)?
     
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Not quite what you're talking about, but in a thread I posted about Kot basses (made by Jake Kot) a German TB'er pointed out that "kot" means "poop" in German.
     
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    eek. well, i know jake, and i'm sure those basses are anything but.

    that's like when the chevy nova came out. apparently nova means "no go" in spanish. heh. not the best name for a car.
     
  4. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    The lull in Lull basses is the same word as an informal Dutch word for penis (in English it starts with a 'd' ;) )
     
  5. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    No, and Mitsubishi had bad luck in SA too, with their Pajero and Laputa models. One meaning "wanker", the other "the whore".
     
  6. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    yikes! you'd think they'd research the names more than that.
     
  7. Well, the car model; Honda Fitta, comes to mind. Means a a vulgar word for a womans privates in the scandinavian countries.

    You can read about it here:

    http://www.tolkis.com/enghonda.html

    ;)
     
  8. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    OH/WV
    My username, which means nothing in any language, is very close to a womens jeans company. Something I didnt get until everyone on TB let me know.
     
  9. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    more info...the word 'nova' in spanish means 'exploding star', same as in english. the phrase 'no va' is pronounced sightly differently, since it is two different words, and does indeed literally translate in english to '(it) no go'. anyways, there were (are?) plenty of spanish-speaking people driving novas, so the name had no apparent effect on sales...later, ron

    p.s. kind of like 'bite the wax tadpole', still it makes for a great story...



     
  10. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    there a few...
    One that come to mind right now, is female and male.
    In french we used these word (femelle and male) only for animals.
    It sounded weird for me at the begining, I'm used to it now.

    Also the four letter F word, in french is an animal. Spelled Phoque.
     
  11. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    yeah, a seal, right?
     
  12. DanAleks

    DanAleks Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult

    Mar 5, 2009
    Google how to say "12 months" in Estonian.
     
  13. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    Yes exactly
     
  14. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Banned

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    LOLz were had!
     
  15. Hi.

    Manne = not so nice word to call a gypsy.

    Wow, I did know about Pajero, my Pajero driving friends just love it :D, but the Honda "mistake" was a new one. And a hilarious at that.
    As a matter of a fact, every major world-wide manufacturer spends quite a bit of time nowadays to get the best selling name to their products to suit every market area. Sometimes it seems that drawing the names out of a hat would work better ;).

    Regards
    Sam
     
  16. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
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  17. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    Istanbul
    "Kot" means "blue jean" in Turkish.:p
     
  18. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
    Don't forget about Phuket, Thailand. Pronounced poo-ket or poo-kit.
    Used to get dirty looks when I wore a Phuket t-shirt that was given to me as a gift by my traveling relatives.
     
  19. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Excellent! :p:D
     
  20. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    The French word for fish is "poissons" (pronounced "pwah-son")

    The French word for poison is "poison" (pronounced "pwah-zon")



    When eating at a French restaurant, don't try to impress your girlfriend by ordering in French if you aren't good at it. Pronouncing the word for "fish" wrong will get you a snooty look from the waiter.
     

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