Monday, 3 November 2008

Lost in translation!

Lost in translation!

Posted by Eideard in General

Swansea (UK) council contacted its in-house translation service when designing the bilingual sign.

The seeds of confusion were sown when officials received an automated email response in

Welsh from an absent translator, saying:

“I am not in the office at the moment.

Please send any work to be translated.”

Unaware of its real meaning, officials had it printed on the sign.

The council took down the sign after Welsh speakers spotted the mistake.

Comment on the US Dvorak site ..........

We have a similar problem in northern New Mexico with all the road signs being produced at the State Penitentiary.

The prevailing illiteracy makes for some fascinating reading while trying to find your way around the region.

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