Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas riddle.


This, dear readers, is a highly creative and rather cryptical variant of the standard "Flush after use" (which is what it says in Chinese).

Not only did the Beijing restaurant owner take a "W" and turned it upside down. He seemed to have come up with a whole new word. Native speakers, what on earth is meant by "mang out"? Looking forward to your creative postings.

Many thanks, Namisan!

16Comments:

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Bjoern Eichstaedt wrote ...

Wring out? Merry x-Mas!!

 
At 1:32 AM, Blogger olr — 纪韶融 wrote ...

Wring out WHAT?! Haha.

Merry Christmas, Bjoern.

 
At 1:41 AM, Blogger Amanda wrote ...

"Mang out" sounds like "hang out" to me, like .. "relax ... you've done the job"!

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger 地球发动机 wrote ...

Merry Christmas, Here is a gift taken by myself for you.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_RWJsTqeI_xc/SUyqdSRgoCI/AAAAAAAAAvU/YD59987kxWk/DSC00313.JPG

Comment: In cantonese, "冷气机" means "air conditioning".

This switch is in my parent's house.

 
At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote ...

今天看凤凰台的视频,看到关于对你新书的介绍,实在太有意思了。Though I am a English major, I can't make out what the riddle means. Haha, happy silent night.

 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Vitavfina wrote ...

I can't figure out what "mang" means, either. 忙?

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Goldfish wrote ...

So funny! Where is the pic from? Maybe you can public the source and then owner can show us a explanation.

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger LJP wrote ...

Mang out means "pig out", as in eating lots in Australian...

 
At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Chinese-Zhu Xiaojian wrote ...

lol,lol

笑死我了,可爱的德国佬,

Ha Ha Ha, having smiled at me very much, lovely German man

 
At 3:13 PM, Anonymous biby wrote ...

haven't been back to ur blog for quite a while. I used to read every entry before though not leaving much comments.
I once saw your book on the shelf in a store that sells all kinds of weird stuff(or creative designs as they may want to put it) in Toronto, Canada. To be specific that store is located in Bayview Village Mall at Bayview/Sheppard.
BTW the first thing came into my mind when I saw "Mang" is "mange", sorry for my disgusting mind...

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger Nigel Greenwood wrote ...

What I really like is the contrast between the euphemistic Chinese bian4 hou4 ("after easing yourself") and the down-to-earth English translation.

 
At 11:51 PM, Blogger Nigel Greenwood wrote ...

What I really like is the contrast between the euphemistic bian4 hou4 ("after easing yourself")& the down-to-earth English (which strictly speaking corresponds to da4 bian4 hou4).

 
At 5:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote ...

mang out..
seems like “忙完”
orz~~
the whole meaning maybe like"忙完洗手"

 
At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote ...

Good man,I'm a Chinese i really can't relate this English translation to the Chinese.

 
At 1:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote ...

Mang Out? Perfect! I'd rather take it as a perfect Chinglish expression, "hurry out",haha. After "enjoyed" his toilet "tour" he dashed out in a hurry left the lavatory unflushed. That is the reality. Haha.

 
At 2:03 AM, Anonymous Elisabeth wrote ...

Actually dear readers mang is the opposite of hang. One wouldn't want to hang out after a shit, what with the smell and all. So one must mang or leave quickly and with haste! (At least this is what it will come to mean when I start putting it into use!)

 

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