All Your Base Are Belong To Us

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Sat Mar 3 03:13:34 UTC 2001

I noticed this for the first time on campus earlier this week. Next to it,
someone had written in different color chalk "What you say?". I certainly
had no idea it was part of a national fad.

maberry at

On Fri, 2 Mar 2001, Tony Glaser wrote:

> Is anyone familiar with the "All Your Base Are Belong To Us"
> phenomenon? Is this the first time that a mistranslated Japanese
> phrase has entered the English language world in such a big way? I've
> seen various items of Japanese English pseudo-nonsense, mainly
> written on cheap backpacks, carrier bags, or sneakers, but I haven't
> seen any which have been promulgated by native English speakers as a
> result. It seems it's really becoming a catch-phrase.
> (If not, check out articles at
> or the baffling thing itself at
> Tony Glaser

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