Some silly signs

Of course there are many many compendia of silly signs in Chinglish,* but as a break from Daoist ritual, here are some cute pieces of advice spotted on my recent sojourn in Beijing (for previous sitings, see here):

carefully slide clearer

Charge on bed

lift lowres

In that last sign, may I draw your attention (m’lud) to item 2. I suppose “gamboling” (嬉戏) might be rendered less poetically as “rowdy behaviour”. But now, like a red rag to a bull, whenever I find myself in a Chinese elevator (as one does, more and more), it’s hard to resist a bit of subtle gamboling. So far I’ve managed to avoid scratching on the walls, though (§3)—good basis for a Japanese horror film, methinks. Also note §6: Please do not bang on (and on).

My own written Chinese must be full of such subtly unsuitable usages; I just hope it provides similar harmless entertainment.

Cf. China Daily tag, starting here.

 

*Just a few random examples: http://www.engrish.comhttp://www.ferretingoutthefun.com/2013/12/04/best-chinglish-signs/https://internchina.com/chinglish-the-weird-and-wonderful-world-of-chinese-english/, http://www.blogaap.nl/blog/3012/Oproep-Het-Beste-van-Chinglish.
OK, we’ve all got better things to do…

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