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Happy Translation Day

Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Translation Day

by Paul E. Richardson

In honor of International Translation Day (September 30), we demonstrate rather graphically the value of having a good, human translator.

First, an aside. Let it be know that the reason ITD is celebrated on this day is because it is the day, in 420 AD, when St. Jerome of Stridonium – the Patron Saint of Translators – passed on. You can read his story here. Now, back to our main item...

Below is a collection of hilarious mis-translations on signage, all of them having to do with Russian. Of course, it helps to have some Russian to understand what is wrong here, but not in call cases.  (Of course, if you don't understand the joke, just ask a translator!)

If you would like to view the original RuNet post where we saw these signs, just hop on over here.