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  1. #1
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    Apr 2005
    Auckland / Cappadocia, Turkey

    Default How an automated email reply ended up on a road sign

    It seemed like a simple request.

    Swansea Council sent an email to its in-house translations service to have a road sign - 'No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only' - translated into Welsh. The only problem was that the Welsh translator wasn't in at the time. An automated email response was sent to council officials who believed it was exactly what they needed.

    But in fact it stated: 'I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.' Unaware of the real meaning of the message, authorities had it printed on the road sign under the English. The council has since taken down the sign, which barred lorries from a road near an Asda supermarket, after Welsh speakers spotted the mistake.

    A council spokesman said the sign was removed as soon as it was notified of the blunder. But it's not the only bilingual sign gaffe in Wales. In 2006, a sign for pedestrians in Cardiff read ‘Look Right’ in English and ‘Look Left’ in Welsh. Cyclists between Cardiff and Penarth in the same year were left confused by a bilingual road sign telling them they had problems with an 'inflamed bladder'.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2003


    Ha - why bother with the Welsh translation - English is their first language and every one speaks English in Wales don't they?


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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Auckland / Cappadocia, Turkey


    I guess for the same reason that we end up having the odd sign in Maori around the place?!


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