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From: "Nik Taylor" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: OT: Not a popular product in English-speaking countries.


> May well be the same phenomenon as Engrish in Japan, where Japanese
> product designers, with varying degrees of fluency in English, choose to
> use English words to appear more "modern" or "stylish", sometimes with
> rather amusing consequences.  May well be the same with the Barf
> detergent.  I suspect most foreign English dictionaries don't contain
> slangish words like "barf"  :-)

In the same vein, I went out to buy a bath towel (from a store that also
sold Barf by the box), and they gave it to me in a shopping bag labeled,
"JOHN IN LOVE FARMS - It has to be fresh ever for John."  This had no
connection to the name of the store.