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E-Mail Error Ends Up On Road Sign


The English is clear enough to lorry drivers - but the Welsh reads "I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated."

Source: BBC News

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. Please send any work to be translated". So that was what went up under the English version which barred lorries from a road near a supermarket. "When they're proofing signs, they should really use someone who speaks Welsh," said journalist Dylan Iorwerth.

Swansea Council became lost in translation when it was looking to halt heavy goods vehicles using a road near an Asda store in the Morriston area. All official road signs in Wales are bilingual, so the local authority e-mailed its in-house translation service for the Welsh version of: "No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only".

The reply duly came back and officials set the wheels in motion to create the large sign in both languages. The notice went up and all seemed well - until Welsh speakers began pointing out the embarrassing error.

Welsh-language magazine Golwg was promptly sent photographs of the offending sign by a number of its readers. The sign was lost in translation - and is now missing from the roadside. Managing editor Mr Iorwerth said: "We've been running a series of these pictures over the past months.

"They're circulating among Welsh speakers because, unfortunately, it's all too common that things are not just badly translated, but are put together by people who have no idea about the language. "It's good to see people trying to translate, but they should really ask for expert help. "Everything these days seems to be written first in English and then translated.

"Ideally, they should be written separately in both languages."


Haha this is actually pretty funny, but if you think about it sometimes we can't always translate everything from one language to the next to mean the same thing. HAHA but still this is funny cause its totally different

That is pretty embarrassing for that city. I mean if the majority speak welsh the sign should read welsh first then the English translation not the other way around. That is a "sign" of the time when English comes first to the local nomenclature.