I’m sure most of you are aware that Japan is full of awesomely terrible Engrish. Some of it may be cringe-worthy, but the child in us can’t help but snicker as we tell our friends we just had a cup of Calpis, that we bought our new outfit at titty&Co., or spent the evening at Pink Pussy.

However, the humor of such unfortunately-named products, brands and spectacularly named bars is not completely lost upon the Japanese themselves. Take, for example, these two professional announcers, who had a hilarious back-and-forth on Twitter over some Homo Sausage.

On her way home the other day, announcer Chiaki Matsuzawa stopped by the store to pick up a snack when she noticed what exactly it was she ended up with. She posted a photo of it on her Twitter, writing:

“On my way home I somehow managed to end up with this… What a terrible naming job.”


That’s right, fledgling Japanese learners, written in red katakana characters on the yellow label wrapped around this long and slender snack are the words “homo sausage”.

Wasting no time whatsoever, another announcer, Kenta Suzuki, decided to chime in:

“I eat it sometimes…”


The conversation could have simply ended there, but why should it? Ms. Matsuzawa happily took the bait and a cheeky back-and-forth ensued:


(Matsuzawa) “How do you feel eating it?”

(Suzuki) “Sinful, I suppose…”

(Matsuzawa) “Omg… You think like that with that stuff in your mouth…? So creepy…”

For the record, in this case “homo” in Homo Sausage is short for “homogenized”, and you can also find milk labeled in the same fashion.

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However, just as in English, homo is short for “homosexual” in Japanese as well. Whoever was in charge of naming this product either had a very pure mind and had no idea of the innuendo attached to it, or they knew very well that the rest of us adult-children would chuckle when we heard the name “homo sausage” regardless. Either way, it works for us!

Source and images: Twitter via Wadai no Gazou