beware of out of office email replies

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Found 3rd Nov 2008
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.


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Original Poster

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45162000/jpg/_45162744_-2.jpg

brill ! best laugh i've had all day !

this is funny ... was posted a few days ago though
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claassic!! :thumbsup:

Ha ha ha, brilliant!

LOL! There used to be a problem with Outlook that if you setup an out of office and someone else did the same and then one of you sent an email to the other the exchange server would go insane and send millions of auro-replies backwards and forwards!

Saw this on the news a few days ago, you couldnt make it up could you?

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The blunder is not the only time Welsh has been translated incorrectly or put in the wrong place:

• Cyclists between Cardiff and Penarth in 2006 were left confused by a bilingual road sign telling them they had problems with an "inflamed bladder".

• In the same year, a sign for pedestrians in Cardiff reading 'Look Right' in English read 'Look Left' in Welsh.

• In 2006, a shared-faith school in Wrexham removed a sign which translated the Welsh for staff as "wooden stave".

• Football fans at a FA Cup tie between Oldham and Chasetown - two English teams - in 2005 were left scratching their heads after a Welsh-language hoarding was put up along the pitch. It should have gone to a match in Merthyr Tydfil.

• People living near an Aberdeenshire building site in 2006 were mystified when a sign apologising for the inconvenience was written in Welsh as well as English.
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