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Sexual innuendo embarrasses T-shirt owner
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Posted 10/14/07
SHANGHAI, Oct. 12 -- NIKE has offered a refund to a woman from Beijing who said she was embarrassed by a T-shirt that contained a sexual innuendo printed in English during a recent trip overseas, the Beijing Times reported today.


The 40-year-old woman, whom the paper only identified by the surname Zhu, spent 115 yuan (US$15.31) on a Nike T-shirt, which the salesperson claimed was a top seller, for her trip to Europe in August.


However, both the salesperson and Zhu didn't understand the words on the T-shirt – "I LIKE BEING ON TOP."


When they reached the airport in Rome, a professor from Zhu's tourism group persuaded her to change her shirt because the words were embarrassing.


The professor told her"I LIKE BEING ON TOP"means "I want sex" in oral English, an explanation most native English speakers would find far from accurate. While the words could be construed as a sexual innuendo, they are far from being as blatantly sexual as the professor suggested.


"I felt ashamed when I realized the meaning," Zhu said.


"I finally understood why some people smiled weirdly and whistle at me," she said.


Nike said the T-shirts was designed in the United States and sold in Europe and Asia, but no other customers have complained about the words on it, the report said.


The company has agreed to give Zhu a refund, the report said.
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Posted 10/14/07
I feel that my first thought on "I LIKE BEING ON TOP" being a sexual innuendo is biased because of the way it is presented in the article. I mean "I LIKE BEING ON TOP" is a sexual innuendo, but I don't know that I would have thought of it like that. Anyway, it's a problem since having a phrase like that might be considered offensive by others and possibly cause problems for the user. I guess that what I am trying to say is that Nike, or any other company for that matter, shouldn't sell questionable material without explicitly translating its meaning/s for consumers.
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Posted 10/14/07
ahaha that's funny lol
sorry if i seem offensive though
its just that if your not sure what the shirt says why buy it in the first place
if your buying stuff form the US why would it have to be translated in the first place their official language is English so they don't have to translate stuff for other people especially if they can't speak the language in the first place to explain
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Posted 10/14/07
I'm pretty sure that it was somewhere in Europe. Just a guess since she arrived in Rome. If she bought it in England then it would make sense but it isn't specified. Moreover, the sales person didn't know what it meant either. And even it were in the US, nay, especially in the US, nay, ANYWHERE we should be more considerate about different cultures since we are taught to embrace differences. It's not easy, I know, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

Oh and the US doesn't have an official language, but yes, most people speak and are taught English.

I just realized that I didn't answer the why question, sorry. I would say, does it even matter? She bought it without knowing what it said, I don't know her reasons but I would guess it was an indulgence or as an item to remember her experiences during her trip.
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Posted 10/14/07
its funny because basically anything anyone says can be misconstructed as innuendo. really, look at all the random words people now cant say without getting whistled at or laughed at.
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Posted 10/14/07
Go to china or japan sometime; many other countries as well I'm sure. So many people walk around with clothing that have english printed on them which they obviously do not understand, its hilarious. Most are far less subtle, and would be far more embarassing than this example. It's especially amusing when you see it on a very young girl, or an older woman.
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Posted 10/15/07
"what you dont know wont hurt you"
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34 / M / 中国
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Posted 10/15/07
here is an idea: don't wear shirts that have slogans in a language you don't understand.

any of you asians here in the west see westerners with bizarre chinese/japanese slogans on their clothes?

i saw all sorts of crazy engrish on shirts when i was in japan, some of it far far worse than what was on that woman's shirt.
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Posted 10/15/07

The professor told her"I LIKE BEING ON TOP"means "I want sex" in oral English, an explanation most native English speakers would find far from accurate. While the words could be construed as a sexual innuendo, they are far from being as blatantly sexual as the professor suggested.


Can i shoot this asshole now?
"i like being on top" means i like winning in sports. ESPECIALLY on a NIKE shirt... come ON!
Fucking DUmbasses in the world.
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Posted 10/18/07
I have T-shirts that have jokes or funny statements on it. Like "I'm with stupid" or "Fuck milk, got pot?" or the one I have "FedSex"
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34 / F / in shosuki's bed♥
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Posted 10/23/07
well..if you can handle the looks or sneers...like here in Manila...apparently they dont care as long as you're not naked...lolz!
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26 / F / Canada, Ontario
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Posted 10/23/07
Oh i have a sweater with the word "F-U-C-K". I don't find it really appealing.
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26 / F / Corner of No and...
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Posted 10/23/07
That's just really sad and stupid.........I mean y would u buy something u don't understand? It's just asking for trouble.
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Posted 10/23/07
I think that I wouldn't be bothered if my t-shirt said anything. It could be interpreted as humorous.
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Posted 10/23/07
Ignorance.

Besides "I like being on top" would mean that I like being the best.

Perversion (-_-;)
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