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engrish

noun; analogy
Badly formed or ungrammatical English words or phrases, esp. written by Japanese ('The Engrish words on his t-shirt are totally inconceivable'). Also considered a humorous misuse of English, usu. created unintentionally by non-native English speakers. This word was formed to reflect the unique characteristics of Japanese pronunciation. It can be traced back to how English loanwords are pronounced in Japanese. Since Japanese does not have the sound [l] in its sound system, the best approximation is an alveolar lateral flap. Therefore the word 'Engrish' intends to capture this pronunciation change process. Examples can sometimes be found in instruction manuals of imported consumer electronic products, menus in authentic Japanese restaurants, or in movies and advertisements. The term is usually deemed humorous, although considered offensive by some.
 
The keyboard’s promotional site is also a cacophony of awful “Engrish”, featuring such gems as, “Piles up Body” and “Input the Next thinking.”
Etymology : From Middle and Modern English [English] 'the English language', from Old English [englisc]
Source : Gizmodo (http://us.gizmodo.com/gadgets/pcs/elysium-keyboard-piles-up-body-137626.php)
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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