Saturday, 2 March 2013

A Fashionable Melange Of English Words (1887)

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A Japanese woodcut by Kamekichi Tsunajima titled 'Ryūkō eigo zukushi,' or 'A Fashionable Melange of English Words.' The print shows images of animals, activities and objects each with their Japanese and English names.

Unfortunately some spelling mistakes have given rise to some interesting new activities such as 'Refreshiug' and 'Cuting Rice,' and the 'Gaot,' 'Hoise' and 'Tea Po.' The introduction of activities give an interesting take on the often more object-orientated Western equivalents.

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