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November 3, 2008 / davebirss

What’s Welsh for ‘cock-up’?

If you’re Welsh and speak the native lingo, you’ll find this sign pretty funny. All street signs in Wales must be bilingual, so Swansea council sent the text off for translation and printed their reply on the sign. However, the reply was an email auto-response that reads “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.”

Having done hundreds of international ads over the years that have been sent off for translation, I wonder how many cock-ups have resulted out of my finely crafted English prose.

Hmmmm…

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