Liftas

Tomorrow, as I’m sure you all know, is European Day of Languages. In order to raise awareness, the management of our office building has put up these posters in the elevators.

Liftas

A few thoughts:

Estonia, Malta and Holland – get your own damn word!
Latvia and Lithuania – nice try, but you’re fooling no-one.
Sweden – is that the noise your lift doors make when they open?
Finland – if a Finn sufers a panic attack in a lift, is it a “hissi fit”?

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One thought on “Liftas

  1. simonlitton October 16, 2007 / 4:26 pm

    Comments from:

    Erik
    Posted on Sep. 25th, 2007 10:00 am (local)
    It gets worse. The scandi word for “express lift” is “fart hiss”. hee hee hee..
    I hope the silver text for the country abbreviations is more visible in real life than on your scanned version.

    Simon
    Posted on Sep. 25th, 2007 10:08 am (local)
    Yes, sorry about the scan quality. I’ve added the list of languages underneath the picture at the flickr page .

    anonymous
    Posted on Sep. 25th, 2007 08:49 pm (local)
    The Swedish hiss is a perfectly sensible word! I would guess it originally came from French where hisser means to pull. Also related to the good old English hoist.

    Simon
    Posted on Sep. 26th, 2007 09:13 am (local)
    Interesting. Still funny, but also interesting.

    Paola
    Posted on Sep. 27th, 2007 02:19 pm (local)
    In our lift we had the same poster but all translations of “good morning”…

    Simon
    Posted on Sep. 27th, 2007 03:35 pm (local)
    There were also “men” and “women” signs on the lavatories, and “beverage” in the cafeteria…

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