So, Egypt is in everyone's news today, but I came accross a particularly curious story today that tickles a couple of my fancies. Victor Mair posted on Language Log today a couple photos of protestors holding signs that feature Chinese. Here are the signs:
I won't bore people with translations and analysis of errors when Mr. Mair has already done that job, but I do find the use of Chinese interesting here. The theme seems to be "Hosni Mubarak doesn't seem to understand Arabic", as a proxy for the sentiment that he doesn't understand the Egyptian people. I've heard of similar uses of English in the protests, so I'm guessing these protesters decided to add the second most widely spoken language to cover more bases. What's next? Spanish? Hindi? Or maybe something more obscure. In any case, the Egyptian people are making it very clear that they want President Mubarak to leave.