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http://www.britsusa.com/about_guide.php American-to-Brit dictionary. I don’t think half of these are correct, or at least in current use, but I’m willing to thumb up on the sheer cheek of translating speed bump as sleeping policeman.

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Chinese classical poem was brothel ad – News, TV &Radio – The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/chinese-classical-poem-was-brothel-ad-1058031.html There were red faces on the editorial board of one of Germany’s top scientific institutions, the Max Planck Institute, after it ran the text of a handbill for a Macau strip club on the front page of its latest journal. Editors had hoped to find an elegant Chinese poem to grace the cover of […]

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BBC News – E-mail error ends up on road sign

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7702913.stm When officials asked for the Welsh translation of a road sign, they thought the reply was what they needed. Unfortunately, the e-mail response to Swansea council said in Welsh: “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated”. So that was what went up under the English version […]

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Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more

http://www.amazon.com/ Amazon.com. One of the giants of the Internet, with offices worldwide and an international sales reach. And a translation department provided by Babelfish, apparently: “Shopping since the Canada?” Oh dear.

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