日本での一年間

January 18, 2012

Smork

On a trip to Tokyo last month, I came across an interesting word that I had never heard before. The word is “smork” and I saw it twice.

The first time was at a small bakery/cafe and the word “smork” was written on a sign taped to the table that my friend and I were sitting at.

No Smorking allowed!

The second instance of “smork” was found at a clothing store inside Shinjuku Station. In fact, the store is called “Smork by Language.”

Smork by Language, a clothing store in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

I believe the only explanation for this is that the owners of the bakery have some sort of dispute with the clothing store owners. Anyone have any other guesses? 😉

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3 Comments »

  1. These signs remind me of why I enjoy traveling so much, and why I should get back to teaching ESL. Keep ’em coming!

    Comment by Adrienne Lieberman — January 18, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    • Thank you! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for more strange English.

      Comment by myyearinjapan — January 19, 2012 @ 2:37 am

  2. Maybe these stores are run by the Swedish Chef. 😀

    Comment by reccaphoenix — January 23, 2012 @ 4:56 am


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