Potential Danger Lurks!

16 Jan 2008

I noticed this poster today:

Potential Danger

The Chinese text: 既要发现危险!更要注意潜在危险!

Translated, it says something like, “We must perceive danger! More importantly, we must watch out for POTENTIAL danger!”

And where was this poster hanging? No, not in the Arctic Circle. It was on the wall inside Chinese cafeteria Reboo.

This was not the most welcome sight in the world, considering I was just digging into my first real meal in over three days, following a weekend of food poisoning hijinks. “Potential danger” indeed.

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

Comments

  1. The emphasis is meant to point out the pun without using quotation marks, right?

    And the typeface reminds me of a toothpaste box.

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