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?