Tattoo FAIL: Israeli Soccer Player Gets it Mistranslated, Misspelled

By Ido Kenan, Room 404

Israeli Soccer Player Ori Cohen recently showed off a new tattoo on his Facebook profile.

Cohen apparently meant the tattoo to read “one step ahead”. In Hebrew it’s “צעד אחד לפני כולם”, literally “one step ahead of everyone”. The tattooist got it almost right: “One step befor everyone”.

Naturally I’d blame the lame translation on Google Translate, but it actually got it right. So it’s either a different translation service, the tattooist or Cohen himself who botched it.

Some commenters alerted Cohen to the spelling mistake. As you’d expect from a vain soccer player who just realized he made quite a permanent mistake, Cohen is in total denial. As in “ma bro a person who gets a tattoo for life checks 70 thousand times beforehand hahaha everything’s fine” (translated by me from just as bad Hebrew) and “hehehe if you noticeeee to all the smarts here notice the words that are connected and cut the bullshit spelling mistakes shmelling mistakes cut the bullshittttt” (I assure you, it makes as much (non)sense in the Hebrew original as it does in my English translation.)

Cohen’s brother, Amos Cohen, reassured him: “bro I checked the dictionary I also thought there’s a mistake but it’s OK you can do it like that too”

The Cohens seem to strongly object to proper grammar, spelling and punctuation; perhaps the mistranslated, misspelled tattoo is intentionally so.

[Update] Minutes after I posted this, Cohen removed the photo from Facebook. Thank FSM, I kept a screenshot:

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  1. אחד on 23 בדצמבר, 2011 09:43

    ובינתיים, ב-nrg, עולה כתבה מקורית:

    http://www.nrg.co.il/online/71/ART2/319/150.html?hp=71&cat=7101&loc=24

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