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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Eternally Misspelled

Today's victim went in for an "Eternity" Hebrew tattoo, got a proper translation and everything. Alas, it is so very difficult to match what you see in a picture to the actual letters that come out of your keyboard...


Lovely, isn't it? Three letters, and she even managed to get one of them right. Good job!

Instead of "Netsach" (eternity in Hebrew), her tattoo says "Betsat" which means "egg of". The girl just needs to add "surprise", and her tattoo will take a much tastier turn...

One of the mistakes is the same one that brought to the downfall of Wise Guy from previous post, with the Hebrew letters Tav and Het which are somewhat similar to each other.


The other mistake, however, is far stranger. The Hebrew letters Bet and Nun look nothing alike!


And this is how you correctly write "Eternity" in Hebrew:


Remember boys and girls, when mapping your Hebrew letters from a picture - it's important to get an exact match. Kinda-sorta matching is not good enough when your skin is on line!

3 comments:

  1. Typo dear, what you fail not to realize, not being a native speaker (ha, just kidding) is that Scramble-ina here left "Egg-of" purposely in 'smichut' form, ready to wait an eternity if needed to fill in the rest: ('Egg of Kyle from the Mall'?) Ok, not the world's most poetic metaphor for true-love, but if we learn anything from your site it's got to be 'Gehe Vays' (Go figure/ Lech ta'da'a) And do keep posting at least until all my chickens hatch./js

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  2. They got the vowels wrong too. How'd they do that?

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  3. This one is genius! I would totally get a Kinder surprise tattoo.

    What I'd like to point out, though, is that bet and nun look nothing alike to us, but they're actually pretty similar. To a non-Hebrew-reader, I imagine bet is just a fancier nun with longer lines...

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