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7th Sep '16 9:25:45 AM wolftickets1969
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* "Porn" is a common Thai name. Then there's the cities of Bangkok and Phuket.
* The Scandinavian name Astrid, "divine beauty", looks and sounds like but is unrelated to the Greek word for "star child".
* The ''mare'' of Germanic folklore is not a female horse, but a demon that brings bad dreams, hence the cognate ''nightmare''. The Filipino analogue is the ''batibat'', which is not to be confused with [[Series/SesameStreet Count von Count's happy dance]].
2nd Sep '16 8:17:41 AM TwilightLord
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** The same anime had an InUniverse example - the main character's father's name, Yusyo (as the anime romanises it), is pronounced "Yuushou", which sounds like the English phrase "You show". The school that he founded is called "You Show Duel School".
* The two main characters of ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited'' are named Ai and Yu, which are Japanese words for "love" and "courage" respectively, but sound like the English pronouns "I" and "you".
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' has the CanonName of the protagonist be Yu Narukami, whose first name also sounds like the English word "you".
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' protagonist Yusei's name sounds like "you say".
* This is reportedly why the pronunciation of "Arceus" in Franchise/{{Pokemon}} was changed from "Ar-say-oos" (Japanese) to "Ark-ee-us" (English) - the dubbers thought "Ar-say-oos" sounded too much like "arse" (British mildly vulgar term for the backside, equivalent to "ass" in American English).


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* This can even happen within the same language at different time periods. A lot of older British stories aimed at children, such as ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', use the term "ass" as a mild derogatory term to mean a stupid, stubborn or foolish person, since back then "ass" meant "donkey", donkeys being known for their stubbornness (e.g. "I've been such an ass"). Hence the expression "To make an ass of oneself". Modern readers may find this rather strange, since nowadays calling yourself (or someone else) an "ass" sounds like shorthand for "asshole", which is not an appropriate word for a children's book.


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* A few Japanese words are English loanwords, but the words mean something different in English than they do in Japanese. For example, the Japanese word for "apartment" is "manshon", which comes from the English word "mansion".
* Japanese for "cook" is "kokku", which sounds like "cock" (it's actually the Japanese pronunciation of the English word).
* The German word for a mobile phone is "ein Handy". In English, "handy" is an adjective meaning "useful".
* Finnish has a lot of words that look or sound like English words, but mean different things, such as "tie" (road) and "vain" (only). "Vain" is also pronounced like the English word "vine". "Vaippa" sounds like "viper", but it means "diaper". "Puu" (pronounced exactly how you'd expect it to be) means "wood" or "tree". "Pussi" (sounds like "pussy") means "bag". "Happi" means "oxygen". "Fagotti" means "bassoon" (similar to Italian and other languages). "Pasuuna" (which sounds almost exactly like "bassoon") means "trombone". "Harmonikka" means "accordion". "Flipperi" is the Finnish word for a pinball machine. "Kola" (sounds like "cola") is a generic Finnish slang term for any carbonated soft drink, not specifically Coca-Cola. "Me" means "we" and "he" means "they" (though they're pronounced more like "meh" and "heh"). "Tyyppi" means "character", as in someone with a colourful personality (one Finnish business college had the quasi-English slogan "Enter the Type" at first because of this).
* The Italian word for goodbye, "ciao", sounds like the English word "chow", slang for "food" or "to eat".
31st Aug '16 5:48:31 AM cricri3007
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* The French word "douche" ("shower", the object) is pronounced the same way as "douche" in English
20th Aug '16 11:20:44 PM Hadjorim
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* Arabic is full of these for English speakers, and unfortunately appear in the most common of words. The word for "only" sounds like "Fuck-it." The word for carrot is "jizzer." The word for "cake" sounds like "cock." Yes, this means that "carrot cake" in Arabic is "cock jizzer." The phrase, "Your employee" sounds like, "Motherfuck." You can even get creative. "Feel ma cock fuck it," translates to the completely innocuous, "Only an elephant with cake."

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* Arabic is full of these for English speakers, and unfortunately appear in the most common of words. The word for "only" sounds like "Fuck-it."fuck-it." The word for carrot is "jizzer." The word for "cake" sounds like is "cock." Yes, this means that "carrot cake" in Arabic is "cock jizzer." The phrase, "Your employee" sounds like, "Motherfuck." You can even get creative. "Feel ma cock fuck it," translates to the completely innocuous, "Only an elephant with cake."
19th Aug '16 1:13:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* When ''Film/{{Borat}}'' hosted the {{MTV}} Video Music Awards, he at one point giggled when saying {{Shakira}}'s name. He then explained that "Shakira" is Kazakh for "vagina". At the end of the show, he tells the audience he will later attempt to "Get into Brittany Murphy's 'shakira'."

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* When ''Film/{{Borat}}'' hosted the {{MTV}} Video Music Awards, he at one point giggled when saying {{Shakira}}'s Music/{{Shakira}}'s name. He then explained that "Shakira" is Kazakh for "vagina". At the end of the show, he tells the audience he will later attempt to "Get into Brittany Murphy's 'shakira'."
19th Aug '16 10:25:19 AM luisedgarf
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** [[Franchise/LoveLive Nico Yazawa]]'s name is somewhat troublesome in Spanish, Italian and Serbian, as "Nico/Niko" is normally a male name in those regions and, at least in Spanish, Nico is a diminitive of "Nicolas".
18th Aug '16 1:15:29 PM Tre
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* When SciFiChannel decided to get rid of their nerdy image by renaming themselves Syfy they didn't do a simple text search of foreign dictionaries. It's Polish for acne and also the plural of "syf", which is Polish slang for "syphilis". And that's why the Polish channel [[BiteTheWaxTadpole isn't being changed]].

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* When SciFiChannel Sci-Fi Channel decided to get rid of their nerdy image by renaming themselves Syfy Creator/{{Syfy}} they didn't do a simple text search of foreign dictionaries. It's Polish for acne and also the plural of "syf", which is Polish slang for "syphilis". And that's why the Polish channel [[BiteTheWaxTadpole isn't being changed]].was left unchanged]].
7th Aug '16 3:11:47 PM Vir
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* In TransformersAnimated the Dinobot Snarl (the triceratops) is clearly a reference to the Generation 1 character "Slag", but was renamed because "slag" is a slang term for a promiscuous woman in the UK. Hasbro also confirmed in 2008 that they will no longer be using the name "Slag" for any new toys.

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* In TransformersAnimated ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' the Dinobot Snarl (the triceratops) is clearly a reference to the Generation 1 character "Slag", but was renamed because "slag" is a slang term for a promiscuous woman in the UK. Hasbro also confirmed in 2008 that they will no longer be using the name "Slag" for any new toys.
25th Jul '16 1:47:13 PM Willbyr
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* The {{Vocaloid}} CUL has been mocked by the Western fandom because her name is French for "ass".

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* The {{Vocaloid}} Music/{{Vocaloid}} CUL has been mocked by the Western fandom because her name is French for "ass".
16th Jul '16 12:37:00 PM wolftickets1969
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* "Hai" means "yes," "lungs," and several other things in Japanese, but means "shark" in German and Norwegian.

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* "Hai" means "yes," "lungs," and several other things in Japanese, but means "shark" in German and Norwegian. Conversely, "Schurke" means "rogue", while the English "shark" is derived from the Mayan "xoc" (pronounced like shock).
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