Lost and Loster in Translation

Signspotting III

by Katharine Wray

16 December 2009

Lost and Loster in Translation: Signspotting III - Doug Lansky - Perigee Trade [$10.95]

Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation

Doug Lansky

“Obese Individual’s Agony” states a sign indicating the start of a hike trail. Lost and Loster, the published version of signspotting.com, is great stocking stuffer for your co-worker who constantly emails you superfluous forwards of dogs wearing hats. Japan’s inherent politeness, for example, resulted in this translation of “No Smoking” sign: Building Asks A Smoked Visitor In The Outside Smoking Section That You Cannot Smoke In. Confusing mistranslations resulting in hilarity is the running theme of Lost and Loster. This clearly illustrates that real life really is better than fiction—nothing made-up could be this funny.

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