The things that Thai signs and T-shirts say are
The funny sign below was posted on the back of
the door at a hotel I stayed at in Pattaya for a night.
The old Chinese woman that owned it spoke OK enough
to understand everything, I SAID in English, but the sign
in my room on the back of the door was really a gem…
Sure it was a 400 baht per night hotel – but, still…
Sometimes the t-shirts are funnier than the signs.
Many shirts have funny sayings with broken English
or ideas that don’t translate well into words or maybe
they’re off by a letter or more. I’ve seen
“Century 21 Doritos” shirts!
Kids will wear anything with English on them. I’ve seen
13 year old kids wearing “FU&K YOU WANKERS!” t-shirts
in BIG letters that you can’t miss.
I’ve seen boys and girls of all ages wear shirts that said
in VERY large print, “FU&K me”.
There are 9 year olds in Playboy Shirts and “Too Sexy”
Thai people of all ages wear t-shirts written in English
that make no sense whatsoever. I doubt most of them
know what they say at all.
Some of the best ones are shirts that little old women
will have on…
There are senior citizens wearing “Sexy Girl” rhinestone
shirts or – photos of skeletons having sex – and it says
“Rock my Bones” or something else outlandish… They
catch me off-guard and make me laugh out loud
If you want to see more, here is a large collection of
photos taken around Thailand… the page is very large,
if you don’t have a fast connection, don’t bother…
They screw it up not just a little bit, but a LOT.
Sometimes the signs are so screwed up you can’t
even GUESS the meaning of what they’re trying to
say. I suspect many things are popped into an
online translator – a whole page of text, and then
pasted into a web site or for the printer to print.
I just found a translation service online that is very
basic, but quite helpful. In fact, if you were able
to enter some simple Thai text you’d probably be
able to figure out what the subject matter is.
Below is a query where I entered some Thai
text from my wife’s Thai-English translation service
and it gives great info when the mouse is held over
each word – it gives the dictionary definition of
the word and how to say it. Very cool!
See the result of Thai text I cut and pasted >
Very cool for what it does, but what it does NOT
do, and I’ve never found a decent online resource for
this, is TRANSLATE a paragraph or an SMS message
within a 60% accuracy level. It must be just about
impossible to do – or, people don’t have a serious
enough motivation to tackle the project. I know I
Have you seen any other funny signs or t-shirts?
Have pictures? If you want them published send
them in to: ThaiPulse[-at-]gmail.com and I’ll post
If you know a site that has a nice collection, let us
know that too.