Saturday, December 25, 2010

from: Ken W.
date: Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 10:53 PM
subject: tattoo translation

Hi Tian,

I love your blog, and I was wondering if you could translate what I got tattooed on my arm some years back. Thanks a lot.

is antiquated version of , which means dense growth of bush or rash.


  1. Why do people ask AFTER they get the tattoo?

  2. They do ask before they get the tattoo -- they're just given an answer by someone who can't actually read it, either.

  3. "A dense growth of bush or a rash"... It would be hard to find two meanings which could have worse connotations. Jeez, and I felt sorry for the idiot who had "spoon" on their back.

  4. maybe it is better to NOT know what it said...Why do people get this stuff put on their bodies permanently?!