I like the sentiment, but the execution…

is rather funny.

I didn’t cut any letters off in my photo– I think it would more accurately read: “Drop Knowledge Not Bombs”

However, it wouldn’t have quite the same… err… wallop?


Edit: and definitely NOT pertaining to the above subject line…

Interesting things on shirts I’ve seen either in shops or on people in Taiwan include: “Boy Slave Wanted: No Experience Necessary” in black capital letters on a little white camisole with black lace edgings, “Isle of Lesbos: Every Man’s Dream” on a brown T-shirt actually worn by a guy in the subway, and one that I hope was an accidental misspelling of “Hard Rock Cafe” that I flipped past really fast on the rack to try to overcome the shock to my delicate sensibilities.

Do people feel bold enough to wear these things is a result of English not being the dominant language here? Or are Taiwanese youth simply just that bold?  I mean, these were all perfectly spelled…

Just to clarify, I don’t own any of the above mentioned shirts.


1 Response to “I like the sentiment, but the execution…”

  1. 1 Doug
    May 7, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    It might be like the way a literal translation of French doesn’t mean much, but is taken to another level in its connotation in English. Like, Je ne sais quoi. “I don’t know what” is not much but in English is taken to mean the quintessential or something ineffable. There is that expression,”run it up the flagpole and see who salutes”. And Mae West famously said, “Is that a pistol in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?” I think most people have no idea what their t-shirts mean. “I love the world”?– I don’t think so. Hello, t-shirt woman — you love the world; well, how about me?. “no, of course not, you’re a creep, bum, etc.” The t-shirts are about fantasy worlds not about the actual world.

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