NYT article on gibberish Chinese tattoos

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Sun Apr 2 15:33:00 UTC 2006

Today's NY Times has a long article ("SundayStyles", section 9, p. 12) on
tattoos of Chinese characters that don't mean what the bearers think they
mean. The article is online for a couple of days:

It also refers appropriately to the Hanzi Smatter site, which has been
blogging these blunders:

        Errors are common enough to be good business for tattoo removal
        specialists, and to fuel a blog, www.hanzismatter.com, which posts
        photographs of botched tattoos accompanied by sardonic commentary
        from Tian Tang, a Chinese-born engineering student.

m a m

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