Head of Flickr Begs for Porridge in Vietnamese
Vietnamese are tittering thanks to an image posted on Flickr's homepage. It features its founder, Markus Spiering, holding a sign that says hello in several languages. The only problem is the word in Vietnamese is misspelled. Instead of saying, "Hello," it says "Porridge, please."
Onevietnam.org spotted the mistake -- The accent mark above the “a” is facing the wrong way.
“We love Yahoo here at OneVietnam Network, and Flickr is one of our favorite products,” noted Onevietnam.org. "But we noticed something wasn’t right.”
Spiering, it turns out, is asking for porridge in Vietnamese instead of saying hello.
Despite the mistake, Onevietnam.org noted that it’s “great to see Vietnamese in the mainstream.” After all, Vietnamese has become the eighth most spoken language in the United States. And in California, Vietnamese is just fifth behind English, Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog.
So whether asking for porridge or just saying hi, it’s a welcome sign indeed.
Andrew Lam is author of East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres.