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These are actual newspaper headlines gathered from papers across the country. Killer Sentenced to Die for Second Time in 10 Years Never Withhold Herbes Infection from Loved One Drunken Drivers Paid $1000 in ’84 War Dims Hope for Peace If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures Enfields […]

University Sign: Graffiti Makes it More Honest

True marketing errors

Below are fine examples of what happens when marketing translations fail to reach a foreign country in an understandable way. Coors put its slogan, “Turn it loose,” into Spanish, where it was read as “Suffer from diarrhea.” Clairol introduced the “Mist Stick,” a curling iron, into German only to find out that “mist” is slang […]

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These are actual newspaper headlines gathered from papers across the country. March Planned For Next August Blind Bishop Appointed To See Lingerie Shipment Hijacked–Thief Gives Police The Slip L.A. Voters Approve Urban Renewal By Landslide Patient At Death’s Door–Doctors Pull Him Through Latin Course To Be Canceled–No Interest Among Students, Et Al. Diaper Market Bottoms […]

Bad corporate slogans

These are fabricated corporate slogans that would never have made if far if they entered the real world. Microsoft: “How much are you going to pay today?” MTV: “Loud and easy to spell.” Saks 5th Avenue: “You Could Shop Here if You’re Poor, But That Would be Stupid!” Iguana: “The other green meat.” Nike: “Just […]

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These are actual newspaper headlines gathered from papers across the country. Killer Sentenced to Die for Second Time in 10 Years Cancer Society Honors Marlboro Man Nicaragua Sets Goal to Wipe Out Literacy Autos Killing 110 a Day–Let’s Resolve to Do Better 20-Year Friendship Ends at Altar War Dims Hope For Peace If Strike Isn’t […]

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These are supposedly actual classified ads that have appeared in various papers across the world. SNOW BLOWER FOR SALE…ONLY USED ON SNOWY DAYS. 2 WIRE MESH BUTCHERING GLOVES, 1 5-finger, 1 3-finger, PAIR: $15 TICKLE ME ELMO, STILL IN BOX, COMES WITH IT’S OWN 1988 MUSTANG, 5L, AUTO, EXCELLENT CONDITION $6800 TICKLE ME ELMO. NEW […]

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These are supposedly actual signs that have appeared at various locations. Sign on a Norfolk farm: “Trespassers beware! I shoot every tenth trespasser. The ninth one just left.” Sign seen in London department store: “Bargain Basement Upstairs” Sign seen in the vicinity of Victoria Station: “Closed for official opening.” Sign in a Paris hotel elevator: […]

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Here are a few genuine news bloopers gleaned from American newspapers. These were taken from an article by Richard Lederer, author of “Anguished English”. On behalf of Barbara Rutledge and her family, our sincere thanks go out to those sending flowers, cards and contributing to the death of her husband. The airplane was only a […]

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These are supposedly actual signs that have appeared at various locations. Sign in a Hong Kong supermarket: “For your convenience, we recommend courteous, efficient self-service.” Sign at fast-food place: “PARKING FOR DRIVE-THRU CUSTOMERS ONLY!” Sign outside a Hong Kong tailor shop: “Ladies may have a fit upstairs.” Sign in a Rhodes tailor shop: “Order your […]