Out of the office (Swansea edition)

October 31st, 2008  |  Tags: ,


This BBC News article about a vacationing Welsh translator and a road sign is all kinds of awesome:

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 Welsh translation, apparently, says “I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated.”

(Image credit to the BBC; article via Language Log)