SEOUL, South Korea — In an effort to rid the country of bad English, the Korean Tourism Organization is asking people to send in pictures of muddled English signs at tourist spots. For each submission the government will reward senders with a ?50,000 gift card (approximately US$45) that will be accepted by any vendor that accepts credit cards.
The rules are vague about what constitutes a “tourist spot” but if you see some bad English, send it in. Simply go to the Visit Korea website, get an ID and submit your pictures along with the location where you found it.
Oddly, the ad campaign is in Korean only, but foreigners are also welcome to participate in the national bad English cleansing initiative. Just log in to the English version of the site and start sending in your submissions. The contest ends December 14. Twenty winners will be announced on December 22.
The prize doesn't apply to mistakes on road signs, restaurant menus and guidebooks, or gibberish on T-shirts.
Hats off to the Korean government for doing this, though it is going to put a big dent in Korean submissions to engrish.com.
Here are some bad English favorites found on the web, though not necessarily tourist related: