Stories of disastrous translations
Thread poster: FranH (X)

FranH (X)
French to English
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Apr 10, 2002

I am seeking stories of bad translations that have had dire consequences. This is for an article to be published in the in-house journal of a UK organisation that uses freelance translators quite often. Some examples that have been suggested are: the Spanish power station that caught fire because an operating manual had been translated wrongly; Gerard Depardieu being accused of taking part in a rape, with headlines around the world, because an English native interpreter didn\'t understand what he had said.


It would be very kind indeed if you could offer other examples (in any combination of languages).


If it\'s something that you had personal experience of (correcting the error of course) I will try to give you a credit in the article.


Many thanks.





 

murat Karahan
Turkey
Local time: 19:17
Member (2003)
English to Turkish
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check these out Apr 22, 2002

http://www.ojohaven.com/fun/translation.funnies.html

http://bob.bob.bofh.org/~cube/bouncy/trans.html

I hope these are enough, if not I can provide you an enormous list of mistranslations in my language pair.

Best Regards

Murat Karahan


 


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