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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dictionary Tattoo is a Painful Commitment

I've warned once or twice about using a dictionary for your Hebrew tattoo, but do people ever listen? To further drive the point in, I proudly present: Dictionary Guy.


The guy wanted his Hebrew tattoo to say "Love, Commitment, Pain" and looked the words up in a dictionary. He was probably surprised when it turned out to be such a long tattoo.

Well, the length should have been a clue. This tattoo has all the possible synonyms of the selected words. It also features creative punctuation and total misunderstanding of the letter Yod. Overall, this Hebrew tattoo is a big, huge, painful mess.

On the right is Commitment. It's written bottom-to-top (nice touch!) and reads:
Commitment; Obligation

In the middle is Love, and yes it says all that:
Love; Beloved; Cute; Buddy; Zero (in tennis)

On the left is Pain:
To hurt someone; Pains me


This is how you actually write "Love, Commitment, Pain" in Hebrew. Short and sweet.


I've written the words with commas between, as it makes much more sense than reading it as a sentence.

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10 comments:

  1. מה לגבי 'מסירות' במקום מחויבות?
    טוב לא משנה, הוא אידיוט.
    זה כ"כ מטומטם....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K20kBWVHlk

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  2. Isn't it against Jewish beliefs to even get at tattoo?

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  3. Yep, it's against the Jewish beliefs. That's why most people who get the Hebrew tattoos are Christians.

    You can even see how the majority of tattoos on this site uphold Christian values. Funnily enough, those Jews who do get a Hebrew tat, often do a memorial, EXACTLY the kind of thing forbidden in the scriptures.

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  4. and most jews don't keep kosher and stay true to other jewish beliefs... so what's the big friggin' deal here?

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  5. Nope, no big deal at all.

    I'm not saying Jews shouldn't get tattoos or eat shrimp. It's just celebrating one's Jewish identity by doing something religiously forbidden, that I find ironic.

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  6. OMG this guy actually wrote "Zero(in Tennis)"

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  7. Did he actually have the page number for the Ahava entry written on top as well? Or what the heck's "24"?

    And is that a floating chai lower down?

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  8. Wow. This is stupidity, not ignorance. If you look in ANY dictionary in ANY language there will not be one word as translation, because that is not how languages work. This is not a matter of someone with no knowledge of Hebrew getting a misspelled tattoo. This is a matter of someone who doesn't know anything about languages other than his own. Someone who thinks every word in his language has an exact translation in all other languages. That takes a special kind of stupid.

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  9. Best to get in a language you understand

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