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August 23, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Desk assembly warning

Warningsmell_1A reader named Chris points out:

This warning came with a desk that I got from Target:

Cautious: Please do not worry if still some smell from this fresh product when open it. As it is non-toxic and no dangerous while using. It will be gone in a few days after exposure in the air.

Not only was the English poorly translated, the desk smelled.


thats one BAAAAADD translation...

Posted by: yofosho at August 23, 2006 12:27 AM

But is the desk broken?

Posted by: klew at August 23, 2006 12:59 AM

Fresh Desks!! Get your fresh smelly desks today!!! Seriously and utterly broken. Very funny though.

Posted by: lefty-chef at August 23, 2006 01:40 AM


Posted by: trekkie4christ at August 23, 2006 02:09 AM

The broken English is worse than you thought, Chris... you wrote "It will BE gone in A few days AFTER exposure in the air." (caps mine)

It's actually "It will gone in few days aftere exposure in the air."

Give discredit where discredit's due.


Posted by: Andrew Tonkin at August 23, 2006 03:04 AM

"Not only was the English poorly translated, the desk smelled."

Since we are talking about poor english, I must say no, it did not smell. You smelled. It stank.

Posted by: Glenn Lasher at August 23, 2006 06:53 AM

How is a smell broken? It actually warns you about the smell, too.

Posted by: Fuzzy at August 23, 2006 10:53 PM can't say you weren't warned about the smell. ;-)

Posted by: marc db levin at August 24, 2006 12:55 AM

A clasic example of engrish. Just classic.

Posted by: wafflecannon at August 24, 2006 05:19 PM

Is this desk wood? That "smell" is formaldehyde. Very toxic!!

Posted by: Saramac at August 24, 2006 05:47 PM

What is broken here? The desk smelled, and the note said the desk would smell. The note is right. Cut an engrish-speaker some slack.

Posted by: henrybowmanaz at August 26, 2006 03:26 PM

It's just that new desk smell...

Posted by: Sean P at August 28, 2006 11:31 PM

I think it more then just translation, it is mentality of another market and their perception over the healthy food factor, that it might smell , that ok }}} Broken.

Posted by: Gordonii at September 11, 2006 05:04 PM

On a serious note, note that the desk was made in China. In China, products for export are made by almost a kind of slave-labor and obviously the owner companies only do this for money. You are not their end-customers, the company that sold you substandard desks is the Chinese companys customer. Deception in sales cut across races.

Posted by: Zeus at October 1, 2006 04:24 PM

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