All Your Base Are Belong To Us

Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Tue Mar 6 09:27:43 UTC 2001

>> 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.

Someone here in Cognitive and Computing Sciences has put a homemade (well,
printed out) poster with this phrase (and no explanation) on a noticeboard
near the grad student offices.


M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH

phone +44-(0)1273-678844
fax   +44-(0)1273-671320

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