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Lindsay Lohan thought the Arabic word for ‘donkey’ meant ‘beautiful’
Did they not give girl an Arabic-English dictionary on the set of ‘The Parent Trap’?
Everyone has that moment in their teens when they visit a foreign country, fall in love with it, and become obsessed with the idea of getting a tattoo of a word in that country’s native tongue. (For me, it was Israel, and I wanted to get the word “slicha” on my wrist, which I thought meant “peace” but actually meant “excuse me.” Really dodged a bullet there.)
Apparently, Lindsay Lohan never quite outgrew this tattoo-that-says-“love”-in-Mandarin phase of her globetrotting career: She tried to post the phrase “you’re beautiful” in Arabic on Instagram earlier this week, but a sharp-eyed follower pointed out that the text actually loosely translates to “you’re an ass,” or “you’re a donkey.”
Shockingly, Lohan has since deleted the post. But hey, at least Instagram is less permanent than a tattoo, right?
Update: Lohan has posted a photo claiming the botched translation was an “inside joke”:
H/T BuzzFeed | Photo via Lindsay Lohan/Instagram
EJ Dickson is a writer and editor who primarily covers sex, dating, and relationships, with a special focus on the intersection of intimacy and technology. She served as the Daily Dot’s IRL editor from January 2014 to July 2015. Her work has since appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mic, Bustle, Romper, and Men’s Health.