Friday, November 7, 2008

I Am Out of the Office Right Now. Please Print this on a Sign.

Aren't translation gaffes fun?

Here is a sign in Wales where law requires everything be posted in both English and Welsh.

The Swansea council was ready to put up a sign reading "No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only." So they fired off an e-mail to their regular translator and received a reply, which was duly printed on the sign.

There was only one problem, the e-mail was an autoresponder. The sign to the left tells Welsh truckers: "I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated."

If you like to read about fun with electronic translation and other translation gaffes, the BBC story on this sign features some links to similar escapades.