Frankfurt the Winsome

In Frankfurt over the weekend. I bring you a photograph of a wig shop:


I know, mocking wig shops is like shooting fish in a barrel, but have you ever seen winsomer male mannequins?

And now, from an Asian food store, more evidence of the latest trend in international marketing, which I call: ‘Would you like a little COCK with that?’


We took a short trip to Wiesbaden to see some photos of everyday life in Afghanistan by Ebrahim Afsah at the gallery Kunst am Kranzplatz (recommended).  On the way back, I spotted this T-shirt at an urban streetwear shop. (Yes, it was in Wiesbaden):


A note to my readers.  Ordinarily, I would prize this as a deeply moving example of Denglish.  And, in fact, it’s the best kind of attempted English — a string of unrelated but vaguely hip-sounding phrases which evoke the Spirit of American Freedom™.  The Japanese, of course, are undisputed world champions here.

However, given how fancy-pants this little gallery was (lots of nudge-wink references to Star Wars), I cannot rule out that this T-shirt represents fancy-pants Germans knowingly mocking their countrymen’s attempts at English.  Which strikes me as not sporting.

But really, who am I to judge?

4 thoughts on “Frankfurt the Winsome

  1. The t-shirt is made by a company from Loas Angeles (product page here).

    The Hundreds clothing is inspired by LOS ANGELES LIFESTYLE / CALIFORNIA CULTURE and Southern California’s skateboarding, surf, punk, and hip-hop cultures. The design is also reminiscent of 1980s surf-culture t-shirts, independent skateboard company apparel of the 1990s, and the advent of “streetwear” at the end of the millennium.

    They are apparently sold world-wide.


  2. Amazing! And what does the acronym “RSWD” (79-09) stand for?

    Google yields the following:
    – Radioactive Solid Waste Disposal
    – The Remington Sportsman Series Wood Duck
    – Return Status Word
    – Radikalbasierte Suchsysteme für Wörterbücher und Datenbanken


  3. > The t-shirt is made by a company from Loas Angeles (product page here)


    The source of their disgust turns out to be their own creation. The Saddam Hussein of T-shirts. 😉


  4. If I may ask what does “Deepride” evoke in you as a American? Something sexual or a “hellride” or what?

    On an almost unrelated note, I heard yesterday on Arirang news (don’t ask why I watch that) that Korean schools will shift their focus in English classes slightly, from teaching spelling and grammar to letting the teachers actually speak English once a week.
    Maybe there’s hope for the Japanese, too.


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