Off topic: Request for humourous translation/transliteration anecdotes
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a2ztranslate  Identity Verified
New Zealand
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Mar 31, 2005

Hello everyone, i have to do a presentation at a seminar on the development of multilingual marketing materials. Unfortunately, it is one of the last slots in the day, so i assume most of the audience will be quite tired. so i want to inject some humour into it with a few interesting examples. i am particularly interested in examples of brand/company/personal names that when translated/transliterated from english to the target language can become humourous or give a negative nuance. the point being, that the translation process is not straight forward or linear (as so many of my clients seem to think), but does require lateral thought and the ability to be flexible. many thanks!

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Antje Harder  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:59
Swedish to German
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Two websites with anecdotes... Mar 31, 2005

Here are two websites with anecdotes about brand name misunderstandings:

Funny readings...

Regards from Sweden

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Kevin Kelly  Identity Verified
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An absolutely hilarious site... Mar 31, 2005

Here is a site that may not exacly fit your needs, but it has some devastatinglyi funny examples of fractured English. It is



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Recycled yarn - good one! (recent submissions tab) Mar 31, 2005

Ha, ha, very funny.:lol:

You know, we've all read the 'ladies leave your garments here for a good time' type translations, but to see *pictures* of these howlers makes it so much more believable...


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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See this previous topic Mar 31, 2005

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juvera  Identity Verified
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Just for fun. Google translation experiments. Mar 31, 2005

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