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RominaZ  Identity Verified
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May 6, 2013

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Sylvie Chartier  Identity Verified
Canada
Member (2010)
English to French
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OMG May 6, 2013

Who wants some cervical cancer ???

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 17:23
Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
Curious May 6, 2013

Curious to know what it should have been and how the mistake can have been made!

 

Oksana Weiss  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 17:23
Member (2011)
English to Russian
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Wild guess May 6, 2013

Texte Style wrote:

Curious to know what it should have been and how the mistake can have been made!

What can I make from Polish (which is similar to Ukraine, only the alphabet is Latin), "szyjki rakowe" should mean "crayfish tails". "Rak" also means "cancer" and "szyjka" can be translated as "cervix", only not in this context, obviously:) The translator (or should we sat Google) just took the first translated pair of words available et voila!


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:23
English to German
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Ewww!!! May 6, 2013

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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 20:53
English to Hindi
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One more case highlighting why translation should be left to professionals May 7, 2013

Yes, this was reported in the Indian press too.

Probably this was done by a native translator who had become so out of touch with his mother tongue that he couldn't distinguish between a fish and a fatal disease.

Or, it was done by a Polish translator whose belonged to the category of the American kid who spoke 26 languages fluently. Probably he learned English in a crash course of two weeks.

The third possibility is of course machine translation, for it is hard to believe that any human translator would make such a crass mistake.

Whichever of the above is the case, it once again proves that translation is a professional activity best left to trained translators, who are proficient in the target language and who also know the source language well.


 

James_xia  Identity Verified
China
Member
English to Chinese
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What's the problem May 7, 2013

I seldom take the Western food, so not quite clear about what is wrong with this menu.icon_biggrin.gif

 


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