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Mistranslation of McArthur's quote
Thread poster: María Teresa Taylor Oliver

María Teresa Taylor Oliver  Identity Verified
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Jun 14, 2006

I'm trying to remember a story about an infamous mistranslation back into English of Douglas McArthur's famous quote:

I said, to the people of the Philippines whence I came, I shall return. Tonight, I repeat those words: I shall return!

Supposedly, some "young, inexperienced" translator had to translate this quote back into English from some other language (I don't remember which), and he rendered the phrase I shall return as the more cartoonish (and reminiscent of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his "Terminator" days) I'll be back!

I this story true? Or a so-called urban legend?

I can't find it and I can't get it out of my head!

Please help me retain my sanity


P.S.: Ah! I should've marked this as "Off-topic", maybe... sorry for that.

[Edited at 2006-06-14 16:04]

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