Sunday, May 15, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Talking about abbreviations, get a hold of the governor's name.
That is one tough cookie even for English speakers.
How many do you think can actually spell that?

And so, I wasn't surprised to find out Japanese people abbreviated his name as well. What was indeed amusing to find out is just how well did they do it :P
First, check out the full name:

Japanese: アーノルド・シュワルツェネッガー
Reading: aanorudo shuwarutseneggaa

No doubt a tongue twister.
And now, the nickname Japan gave the governor!

Japanese: シュワちゃん
Reading: shuwa chan

This is amusing on two layers!
First, they took that mountain of a name and reduced it to only two syllables!
And to top that, they gave him the suffix "chan" as if he was some cute little girl! :P

They totally made a school girl out of his name, and in contrast to the huge mountain of a man he used to be, that's amusing.
Me like!

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