Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I know what the Hebrew says. I don't know what the Arabic says (I'd ask Ibrahim, but being a fake, he's unlikely to know). To be honest, I don't know what the English says, either.

(Thanks for the gags, P)


Yair said...

Via a friend on Google Reader: "The Arabic says, 'Beware - trucks crossing the road' (pretty much the same as the Hebrew)."

Anonymous said...

Ibrahim claims to be a linguist - is that fake also?
(not that I claim to know what a linguist is it's just such an impressive sounding word that I want to make it part of my vocabulary)

Geoff said...

With all of the anglophones living in Israel, I'm always amused when I see misspellings and poor grammar on signs, menus, etc.

Anonymous said...

These sorts of English mistakes seem to be a chronic problem in Israel, do you have any insight as to why?

If you want to see another "Shander" in this category, there is a tree just off the Midrachov that was dedicated by then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and then Governor George Pataki. Ptaki (Sic) is misspelled!

Lee Ratner said...

I think its simply out of traditional expectations. Anglophones expect funny English in every non-English speaking country the visit, so Israel is just giving them what they want. Either that or the Anglophone Israelis are simply too well-educated and prominent to actually review the signs.