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"Eskimo Hair"

This sign has amused me for the two years I've lived in Beijing.

It amused me more when I realized that it is not a bad translation, but what they actually intended to say (?). The Chinese (Ai-si) is a transliteration of the English, and not the English a bad translation of the Chinese. This still leaves me wondering - why "Eskimo" hair?

  • wwwideye 5y

    Ai = Love; Si = Silk (meaning hair). That takes care of the syllable "Esk..." in Eskimo but dropped the rest. The Chinese sign means "Lovely Silks Hair Salon".
  • appleblum04 PRO 5y

    But to read it that way... it's not quite a normal hair-salon name, so it seems like they did translate it from the English *to* the Chinese. which is still - perplexing.
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