Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Faulty Translations Bulletin Board

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A place to post faulty translations.

Sometimes when i listen to people speak a language that i don't know, my brain translates what was actually said into a similar sounding English statement.

So this morning for example I heard a coworker speaking Russian on the phone. I could swear that she said " this crime type is not committed on Monday" she actually said something in Russian that i did not understand but this is what my brain heard.

So the idea here is a place to post faulty translations that sound interesting. Faulty Translations Bulletin Board

vfrackis, Jun 14 2010

Mistranslation + incompetence = wrong text on sign. http://news.bbc.co....i/wales/7702913.stm
[Jinbish, Jun 14 2010]

Engrish.com http://www.engrish.com/
Faulty translations in Asia. [phoenix, Jun 14 2010]

KissThisGuy.com http://www.kissthisguy.com/
Misheard lyrics. [phoenix, Jun 14 2010]

Hanzi Smatter http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/
The opposite of Engrish.com , this catalogues misuse of chinese characters by westerners. [prufrax, Jun 15 2010]

I guess the Chinese are the best at this. http://www.google.c...%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1
[xandram, Jun 15 2010]

The d'Antin manuscript http://www.aescon.c...ing/french/num1.htm
[mouseposture, Jun 16 2010]


       I'm going to stick my neck out and suggest this is pretty well covered by existing sites. Maybe not your specific example, but...
phoenix, Jun 14 2010

       My nipples explode with delight.   

       Maybe not that kind of faulty translation, how about:   

       A l'eau, c'est l'heure.   

       (allegedly the signal given from a ship of the French fleet, immediatley before battle. An English captain is reported to have asked his signalman what the message said, to which he recieved the reply 'allo sailor)
Twizz, Jun 15 2010

       I just love [Phoenix]'s link! We all have sung wrong lyrics before and sometimes they are better than the originals!! Actually all the other links are great, too.
xandram, Jun 15 2010


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