Hanzi Smatter



My new favourite site – “Hanzi Smatter” – is dedicated to the “misuse of Chinese characters (Hanzi or Kanji) in Western culture”. Oh, the misuse is hysterical and it’s rampant.

That’s because there’s a never-ending lineup of dumb fools just waiting to be picked on – and deservedly so I have to say. The site deals with many “does my tattoo really say ‘love’?” inquiries and most of the time love ain’t anywhere on that carnal canvas, not even an oily smudge.

One lady proudly bears “crazy diarrhea” in both Chinese Hanzi and Japanese Kanji on her lower back – spawning the legend which is now lovingly referred to as, “crazy diarrhea”. She allegedly says she did it on purpose. Yeah, whatevs crazy diarrhea lady.

This Bill Maher quote sums it all up nicely: “Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters in it doesn’t make you spiritual. It’s right above the crack of your ass. And it translates to “beef with broccoli.” The last time you did anything spiritual, you were praying to God you weren’t pregnant. You’re not spiritual. You’re just high.”

Hanzi Smatter

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