"Bladder disease has returned" (Mistake in translation of a sign)
Thread poster: Tom in London

Tom in London
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Oct 6

“En ces temps difficiles, il faut compter sur la sagesse normande”


“In these difficult times, we must count on Norman Wisdom”

When humans fail in their translations, they are usually making some attempt to understand what it is they’re translating. To really screw things up, you need a computer.


[Edited at 2017-10-06 15:41 GMT]

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Good old computers Oct 6

Good story! Looks like us translators won't be replaced by computers as soon as some people believe

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Hedwig Lugaro  Identity Verified
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Great article Oct 8

Thank you for sharing this, Tom. It gave me the tools I needed for a debate this afternoon

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you need a computer Oct 8

to upgrade your screw-ups from merely amateur to truly professional ...

At least some use for MT ...

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The one I really liked Oct 8

Was the MT version of the end of Madame Bovary:
"Since the death of Bovary, three doctors have succeeded Yonville without being able to succeed, so Mr. Homais has them all beaten up. He makes a clientele of hell; authority the household and public opinion protects him"

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great game! Oct 8

Just did that with Tod in Venedig, excellent fun:

Minutes passed until the side of the chair, which had been sunk to the side of the chair
Help hurried. They took him to his room. And that same day
received a respectfully shocked world the news of his

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