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.


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”?


One thought on “Liftas

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

    Comments from:

    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.

    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 .

    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.

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

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

    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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