Fox News recently ran this story about people wanting to remove their tattoos of Chinese characters. In some instances, the characters were not even close to the word(s) people thought they were getting.
For many years, I’ve thought it was pretty dumb of people to get Chinese characters tattooed on their asses or wherever. Think of it this way… imagine some Chinese national in Beijing goes to a tattoo parlour and asks for the letters, W-A-T-E-R or P-E-A-C-E to be tattooed on his arm. When it’s done, his friends all gather round and say, “The English alphabet looks so cool! Wang, tell us, what does it mean?”
“It means water in English.”