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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Botched Up Love Letter

Isn't Hebrew just the right language for love letters? Even better if you decide to etch the letter permanently into your skin.


This wonder of a Hebrew tattoo was composed by a Korean tattoo artist, a guy who constantly mangles Hebrew as a hobby. His other work was featured on Bad Hebrew Tattoos earlier this year.

The love letter reads:
with honesty much
luvv me
Shina

I don't really know what's going on here. Is he asking Shina to love him? Is he declaring his love for Shina? Is he signing his message as Shina?

Be as it may, when visiting a foreign country which isn't Israel, you're advised to refrain from getting a Hebrew tattoo. Even if the price is right, the message will probably be wrong.

7 comments:

  1. Haval al ha'ke'sef. And the worst part is, Shina looked at it and then told him "Frankly, Frank, I do kinda like you some...but I think we start seeing other people..." Oh well, mebbe he'll find another Shina.

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  2. To be honest, considering the level of Hebrew of some Israelis, I wouldn't completely trust even an Israeli tattoo artist...

    [written by an Israei]

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  3. You could translate it (literary, word by word pretty much) to:
    In honesty plenty,
    Hope to me,
    Transformed (like the electric transformer that changes 110v into 220v שנאי)

    Maybe they meant: "My great honesty, my hope, transformed me" and used a crappy translation engine :)

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  4. (or it could be "שינה" with a typo)

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  5. יהב means load, burden; hope, chance, fate

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  6. @Anonymous
    Actually, יהב can mean gift, as in the Parasha of Chukat: "Et Vahev BaSufa..." See Rashi therein, where he explains that Vahev is another form of Yahev or Yahav. In fact, it is common for the family name Vahav to also be written Yahav.

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  7. what i saw in it was a twisted version of:
    with a lot of honest
    my loved one made me
    hated.

    i kinda love the unique grammar on this one.

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