Saturday, 1 November 2008

"Lost in Translation" - Roger Eno, 1995

One of our favorite news stories of the week related to problems translating English into Welsh. The latest example has to do with this bilingual road sign, which was recently erected (and quickly taken down again) in Wales...



Why has this sign been removed? Well, because the Welsh translation apparently reads: "I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated".

You can read the full story on the BBC News website.

As you might imagine, it's not the first time this sort of thing has happened. Another amusing example is this sign...



Apparently a computer translation program mistook the word "cyclists" for "cystitis" and came up with this translation into Welsh: "Bladder Inflamation Upset"


Janet

1 Comments:

At 02 November, 2008 23:44 , Blogger Milky Bar Kid said...

I just knew you would BLOG this somewhere, Janet. I said as much to Janis. Great stuff! Did you see the sign I sent you to your email?

 

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