Off topic: Humour or not humour ?
Thread poster: Catherine GUILLIAUMET

Catherine GUILLIAUMET  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:03
English to French
+ ...
Mar 30, 2011

Hi,
I received the following e-mail from a German agency this morning.

Enjoy !

we are a translation agency in ... Germany,
www., and we have a urgent translation order to
forgive.
Words: ~6.640
Delivery: 31.03. at 11 a.m.


What a sin !

Have a nice day

Catherine


 

Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
France
Member (2009)
French to English
+ ...
Forgive us our translations... Mar 30, 2011

...as we forgive those who translate against us.

(maybe!) icon_smile.gif


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:03
English to German
+ ...
"I would be happy... Mar 30, 2011

...to take care of your forgiven translation but unfortunately I am full."


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Manuela Junghans  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:03
Member (2004)
English to German
+ ...
Very funny indeed... Mar 30, 2011

...and that includes your comment as well, Nicoleicon_wink.gif

 

Doron Greenspan MITI  Identity Verified
Israel
Local time: 08:03
Member (2005)
English to Hebrew
+ ...
Forgive me a break... Mar 30, 2011

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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:03
Member (2005)
German to English
+ ...
Similar unintended humour Mar 30, 2011

I still remember this: When I was discussing possible computers for the lab where I worked (in Zürich) in the 1970s, a sales engineer from Hewlett Packard told us (in English because another member of my team had only a little knowledge of German), speaking of a possible option for the suggested computer "You can have this one, but you mustn't".
(Later, I told him in private that "Sie müssen nicht" is "you need not", not "you must not".)

Oliver


 

Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
Member (2005)
English to Italian
+ ...
Yes, because... Mar 30, 2011

Catherine GUILLIAUMET wrote:

Hi,
I received the following e-mail from a German agency this morning.

Enjoy !

we are a translation agency in ... Germany,
www., and we have a urgent translation order to
forgive.
Words: ~6.640
Delivery: 31.03. at 11 a.m.


What a sin !

Have a nice day

Catherine


... they translated "vergeben" (assign) literally: "ver" with "for" and "geben" with "give"


 

MedTrans&More  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Similiar story Mar 30, 2011

I still remember when my Spanish partner was showing my Mum around a cathedral and said pointing to a statue "...and this is where Jesus exposes himself" [sic]

I had to leave as I was disturbing those in prayer with my laughter.


 

Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:03
Italian to English
Perfect Mar 30, 2011

Wordeffect wrote:

...as we forgive those who translate against us.



I'm going to bed laughing ...


 

Adrian Grant  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:03
Portuguese to English
+ ...
No mistake Mar 31, 2011

Maybe it's Mein Kampf.

 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:03
English to German
+ ...
Humour Mar 31, 2011

Adrian Grant wrote:

Maybe it's Mein Kampf.



???


 


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