A Rose by Any Other Name


All in a Name

What's in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

- William Shakespeare

And taste just as good...

My son found this can of soda for sale at a local market.  As I recall, it was lemon flavoured and tasty.  However, possibly because I was raised in the Southwest part of the US (Texas, to be exact) where cow piss was at times a problem which might indeed need to occasionally be discussed, it struck me as ironic (and funny) that a yellow-coloured soda in a yellow-coloured can would have such a name.

Part 2

I now see that "pis" is considered a good name for a drink in some cultures...

Source: www.engrish.com

Part 3


I could go for some Plussy right now...

Source: engrish.com

Part 5

Nor is the problem restricted to food...


Source: www.engrish.com Visit the Engrish site.  I don't mean to pick on English-as-a-second-language speakers, either.  Some of the 200 available phonetic representations of the name Coca Cola in the Mandarin language actually translate into phrases such as “bite the wax tadpole” or “female horse fastened with wax.”  After much research, Coca Cola was changed phonetically into Coca Coler – which translates roughly into “to permit the mouth to be able to laugh.”  These kinds of situations are every international marketer’s nightmare.

While I can determine that English is not their primary language, I'm not sure I can determine the purpose of this email...

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Subject: Morefield Brooke
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Reply-To: azamorai2@marineins.com
To: ruth@chaos.net.nz
CC: design@chaos.net.nz

Sat, 27 Jan 2007


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Good to eat...

The lecture is by Professor D R Wilkie.

The subject is muscle.

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