Faux Pas in Foreign Languages

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10/09/2002 at 12:30
I seem to remember an urban myth about a Spanish au-pair in a French household who was asked to put the cake (gateau) in the fridge, and put in the cat (gato) instead.

My linguistic ability is so rudimentary that I have never had the confidence to make a blooper in any language.
Iron SwissBobby    pirate
10/09/2002 at 12:39
The most famous german faux pas/faux ami was by JFK when he wanted to day I am an inhabitant of Berlin, he said "Ich bin ein Berliner"

Unfortunately this translates to "I am a doughnut!!!!"

10/09/2002 at 12:39
My local shopping centre (here in Iceland where am at the moment) is called Glera Torg - which means something like the Happy Shopping Centre.

Mispronounce it as Glera Tort and it means Happy Blowjob.

I like the one about Tide washing powder - apparently in Denmark it just didn't sell because Tide means 'menstural flow'.

10/09/2002 at 12:54
I spent a year in Spain as part of my degree...they have coffee called Bonka and sliced bread called Bimbo! They also have condoms called Holysex, kind of ironic given that it's a Catholic country. Wondered if they were for use only on Sundays?

Girls in my Spanish class at school once said 'estoy caliente', trying to say I feel hot - 'estoy caliente' actually means 'I'm horny'!
10/09/2002 at 13:16
In Germany again...

I was travelling with a couple of guys who needed to use the public toilets - Damen for ladies and Herren for men. Whilst doing their business they heard some women come in talking and realised they'd gone into the wrong toilet block. Their logic - Damen sounds like 'Da Men' and as Herren is a bird it must mean ladies!

I was once describing my fear when out walking and coming across a snail (meaning to say snake - schlanger and schnecker). Got some strange looks at that one!
10/09/2002 at 13:26
tubs - seem to remember there's a similar faux pas available in German if you feel too hot and say "Ich bin warm" - that could easily guarantee you some interesting (same-sex) company!
And (if female, and feeling a bit chilly) "Ich bin kalt" may also result in being ignored by the opposite sex - though for a slightly different reason....
10/09/2002 at 16:43
Have you ever invited someone to go skiing with you on the SECOND highest mountain in Germany? Believe me its a bit of a hoot.............look it up on the internet and then when someone asks you where your going for the weekend reply in a bold voice "I'm going to spend some time on the ...."

Can you work it out?
10/09/2002 at 16:58
This is a bit obscure but... the mistress of some politician had a last name which, in Norwegian, means c**t - so, in the Norwegian books that mention her, it is always without her last name.

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