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FWD: meaning what we say/saying what we mean....

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Lincoln Arts (lincarts)
Tue, 26 Jan 1999 15:14:19 -0800

Dear Fellow Netters,

Since we've all, it seems, had the experience on this list of meaning what
we say, but not always saying what we mean.... Thought you could use the laugh.

>These are the nominees for the Chevy Nova Award. This is given out in
>honor of GM's fiasco in trying to market this car in Central and South
>America. "no va" means, of course, in Spanish, "it doesn't go".
>1. The Dairy Association's huge success with the campaign "Got Milk?"
>prompted them to expand advertising to Mexico. It was soon brought to
>their attention the Spanish translation read "Are you lactating?"
>2. Coors put its slogan, "Turn It Loose," into Spanish, where it was
>read as "Suffer From Diarrhea."
>3. Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux used the following in an
>American campaign: "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux."
>4. Clairol introduced the "Mist Stick," a curling iron, into Germany
>only to find out that "mist" is slang for manure. Not too many people
>had a use for the "Manure Stick."
>5. When Gerber started selling baby food in Africa, they used the same
>packaging as in the US, with the smiling baby on the label. Later they
>learned that in Africa, companies routinely put pictures on the labels
>of what's inside, since many people can't read.
>6. Colgate introduced a toothpaste in France called Cue, the name of a
>notorious porno magazine.
>7. An American T-shirt maker in Miami printed shirts for the Spanish
>market which promoted the Pope's visit. Instead of "I Saw the Pope" (el
>Papa), the shirts read "I Saw the Potato" (la papa).
>8. Pepsi's "Come Alive With the Pepsi Generation" translated into "Pepsi
>Brings Your Ancestors Back From the Grave" in Chinese.
>9. The Coca-Cola name in China was first read as "Kekoukela", meaning
>"Bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax", depending on
>the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 characters to find a phonetic
>equivalent "kokoukole", translating into "happiness in the mouth."
>10. Frank Perdue's chicken slogan, "It takes a strong man to make a
>tender chicken" was translated into Spanish as "it takes an aroused man
>to make a chicken affectionate."
>11. When Parker Pen marketed a ball-point pen in Mexico, its ads were
>supposed to have read, "It won't leak in your pocket and embarrass
>you." The company thought that the word "embarazar" (to impregnate)
>meant to embarrass, so the ad read: "It won't leak in your pocket and
>make you pregnant!"
>12. When American Airlines wanted to advertise its new leather first
>class seats in the Mexican market, it translated its "Fly In Leather"
>campaign literally, which meant "Fly Naked" (vuela en cuero).