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A form of English characterized by bad translation from Japanese by someone who is decent at translating vocabulary but has a poor grasp of English grammar. Tends to be a word-by-word literal translation with humorous results for native English speakers. Engrish is most common in old video games and anime subtitles.

The term "Engrish" comes from the fact that the Japanese language does not have distinct L and R sounds. They do have a consonant that is roughly somewhere in between these two sounds, but whether this translates to L or R in English depends on the situation (and therefore can be interpreted wrong.)
All your base are belong to us. (Your bases are all under our control.)

A winner is you. (You win.)

Somebody set up us the bomb. (Someone has placed a bomb on our ship!)*

Make your time. (I have no idea what this means.)

*PS: The original form of this is "set up us," not "set us up" as most people say it. If you're going to make fun of the bad translation, try to get all the mistakes.
by Artscrafter September 14, 2004
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Engrish is the slang term for Japanese to English translations gone horribly wrong, and the results are often extremely funny
Engrish: "Gives you strong mouth and refreshing wind"

What they meant to say: "Gives you a healthy mouth and fresh breath"
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n. Engrish can be simply defined as the humorous English mistakes that appear in Japanese advertising and product design. Often,not only in Japan, but all around the world.
A sign in a Japanese hotel room may read "No Smorking" instead of "No Smoking".

There are many Japanese snacks with American names, such as "Dew-Dew Mix", "Pecker", and "Eat Me!".
by RogueRising August 13, 2003
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n. Engrish can be simply defined as the humorous English mistakes that appear in Japanese advertising and product design. Often,not only in Japan, but all around the world.
A sign in a Japanese hotel room may read "No Smorking" instead of "No Smoking".

There are many Japanese snacks with American names, such as "Dew-Dew Mix", "Pecker", and "Eat Me!".
by RogueRising August 13, 2003
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n. The phenomenon of often hilarious gramatical catastrophes resulting from poor, usually over-literal translations of Japanese to English.

(Note: the term is a bit of a misnomer. Engrish doesn't have anything to do with pronunciation.)
by Lemuridae November 27, 2003
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The beginning of a verbal catastrophe. You will start off mocking the way Asians say English but then all your L's will become R's. This virus will spread to your friends, family, and perhaps even your dog.

Used enough times, this epidemic will consume your Engrish vocabulary.
"No speako Engrish! Haha that's hilarious.

Hey did you check your emair yet?
No no, it'd the spreading! MY ENGRISH-"
by Dohboy SHS January 14, 2010
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English phrases and words that have become mistranslated from Japanese for varying reasons - usually due to Japanese marketing types not *quite* understanding how their language comes out when translated into English.
Found on an engrish t-shirt: "What kind of world is it today? It's kind of crap!"
by ke6isf November 07, 2003
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