Once upon a time when I was in my preteen days, there was a big trend in my town of wearing t-shirts and sweaters with either Chinese or Japanese characters on them. Like any average preteen I wanted to buy into the new fad, but my mom was not on board. “How do you know what that shirt really says?” she asked. She made a good point. For all I knew it could’ve said something obscene so in the end I skipped that fleeting trend and moved on to the next.
It was a strange little philosophy my mom had, but it has stuck with me over the years. I never buy things written in other languages unless I know for sure what it says. You may be shaking your head thinking what’s the big deal, but now that the trend has shifted and people all across the world are wearing shirts with English phrases on them, my philosophy has been validated time and time again. I can’t count how many times I have seen clothing with the most ridiculous English spelling or grammar and sometimes even entire sentences that make absolutely no sense. If only these people knew what they were wearing.
Here are some of the worst/funniest examples I have seen recently:
Judging by that tiger’s obnoxiously large and definitely non-prescription glasses, I think it’s safe to say they meant to write “hipsters” with an “i.”
Take out the “up” and we have a perfectly good t-shirt!
Whether they mean physically moving or emotionally getting over someone, we will never know. Either way I’m just confused.
This is the designer’s word vomit of random English vocabulary.
I’m still trying to figure out if there is a connection between New York and Portland, Oregon that I’m unaware of.
I tried thinking of this metaphorically and it still doesn’t quite work so in that case… Captain Obvious FTW!
I just don’t even know.
Huh? What does that even mean?
What I don’t know is the point this shirt is trying to make.
Did this designer even try?
First of all, what? Second of all, why bring Mickey Mouse ears into this?
Grammar and spelling are fine here but again, why bring Mickey Mouse into this? Is anything sacred anymore?!
Is spell check really that hard? Not that spelling is the only problem here.