Mobile menu

Off topic: English>Spanish mistranslation
Thread poster: Katherine Zei

Katherine Zei  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:25
Italian to English
+ ...
Apr 1, 2003

Oh no!

It\'s a news story, so the link might not work for long:

Anti-milk campaign\'s Spanish translation hits sour note

By Noaki Schwartz

Miami Bureau

Posted March 31 2003

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has long relished controversial ads to spread its message, but in an effort to reach out to Spanish-speaking children, something got lost in the translation -- with unintentionally lewd results.

A life-size cow has been visiting the nation\'s middle schools, including some in Orlando, Hialeah and Tampa this month, passing out playing cards and frozen soy bars.

The heifer also totes a translated sign that is supposed to mean \"Dump dairy\" -- but some say \"Eche la leche\" is slang for something else. The verb \"echar\" can also mean \"to discharge\" leading to some unfortunate consequences when combined with the word for milk.

\"In Spanish, milk can also mean sperm, and well, you can imagine,\" said Hialeah\'s Palm Springs Middle School Principal Manny Ferrer, who declined to elaborate.

Direct link Reply with quote

To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

English>Spanish mistranslation

Advanced search

Want to earn more in your spare time? Monetize your knowledge!

Do you speak one or more foreign languages? Fluency in target language + willingness & ability to help people in everyday situations could earn you $45 / hour. Download “Quiick Angel” app & become a guardian angel today

More info »
PerfectIt consistency checker
Faster Checking, Greater Accuracy

PerfectIt helps deliver error-free documents. It improves consistency, ensures quality and helps to enforce style guides. It’s a powerful tool for pro users, and comes with the assurance of a 30-day money back guarantee.

More info »

All of
  • All of
  • Term search
  • Jobs