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Mistranslations leading to disasters
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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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Mar 28, 2009

On this forum, there have been discussions of professional insurance and real-life stories of translators being responsible for messages lost in translation resulting in serious consequences.

I am wondering if you can tell us about stories of such disastrous consequences. I am not necessarily looking for stories of translators being sued for the consequences of mistranslation and stories where the disastrous consequences went as far as causing death. I am interested in stories in general where a mistranslation has caused misunderstandings between governments, delays in trials, people taking unnecessary risks, etc.

If a friend of a friend of yours has been through this kind of trouble, let's read about it! Bonus points if you can post links to newspaper stories and such. A typical example would be

I am not sure if this is the proper forum to post this, so please feel free to move this if need be.


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Alfredo Fernández Martínez  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:05
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Mistranslation in Japanese surrender in WWII Mar 28, 2009,M1

Or, at least, this is what they lead us to believe.


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