As an English teacher, I have a deep and abiding love of Engrish. Thankfully, it’s everywhere in Korea. The other day, I spotted a student’s pencil case decorated in what looked to be M&M’s. Being a big fan of that candy, I got closer to compliment her on her good taste. Imagine my surprise when I saw that each little chocolate circle was decorated not with M&M but S&M…
Even groceries are not free from the dangers of Engrish. The milk company has recently redesigned their low-fat milk boxes. Makes me laugh every time I open the fridge.
The lady at the grocery store knows me now. Perhaps I’m the only one who drinks low-fat milk. (I would also like to point out how much it amuses me that my grocery store pays a woman to stand in the dairy section to help people choose their dairy products.) She sees me coming, grabs a carton of milk, and runs towards me bellowing “Carrie-teacher! Fat down! Fat down!”
I always smile and thank her politely but I do wonder, is she making a suggestion or offering a product?