In Hawaiʻi, you see the word Mahalo on signs everywhere. In theory, the word means Thank you, but my friend Joe Beda pointed out that in practice the word has a completely different meaning. Here are some examples:
- We do not accept coupons at this location. Mahalo.
- No refills. Mahalo.
- This counter is closed. Mahalo.
- Elevator is out of order. Please use stairs. Mahalo.
- Rest rooms for customers only. Mahalo.
In practice, the word mahalo means You're screwed.
Obligatory clarification: This was a joke, an attempt at observational humor.