Saturday, May 9, 2015

Few readers have been sending me the story about a food vendor called Bing Mi! in Portland, Oregon.

The biggest gripe besides the owner is not Chinese yet selling one of the most traditional northern Chinese food item, is the fact that its signage is wrong.

Although I have no problem of the proprietor columbusing Chinese pancake wrap, but its signage is somewhat silly or a poor pun attempt.

劍兵 (sword soldier) on the sign is not associated with the delicious wrap in terms of context, rather it is the homophone of 煎餅 (Chinese pancake wrap).
from: Mike R.
date: Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 8:32 AM
subject: Can you translate?

Hi, this horrible tattoo was a birthday gift when I was 18.. I don't know what it actually says but it's supposed to say Love, Luck, Wealth, Wisdom.. I'm almost certain it doesn't. Please help. Thank you.

The second () and fourth () characters are reversed.

Friday, January 30, 2015

from: Johann S.
date: Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 11:21 PM
subject: Tattoo translate

Hi .   just found your website and was very amused by some of them. And now im hoping you could help me. My tattoo was meant to say sin but a chinese man told me it means something like evil spirit in jail. Now im almost to afraid to ask.

= to violate / to offend / to assault / criminal / crime / to make a mistake / recurrence (of mistake or sth bad)

from: sm094u
to: ""
date: Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 10:56 AM
subject: Help!!

Hi I got this tattoo a few years ago and was told it stands for the letter "S" and now that I wana add to it I can't seem to find this symbol at all!! Smh do you know what it means??

from: Priscilla P.
to: ""
date: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM
subject: Re: God's Love


My husband has a tattoo that SUPPOSE to be God's Love. Please translate! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

from: Kevin M.
date: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 2:03 AM
subject: Beer Wine and Spooks

Hi Tian,

I thought you might appreciate the sign on my local bottle shop, attempting to cater for the Chinese-Australians in the area.


Indeed, spirits was translated as 精靈, instead of booze.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

from: Roald
to: Tian
date: Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:32 AM
subject: Re: request tattoo translation


I came across your site and my girlfriend would like to know what her tattoo exactly means.

Thank you!

Best regards,


Two ways to interpret this:

B.   (man/husband), (head/neck), (empty/void) = "I married a moron"