Have you ever wondered what might have been but for translation bloopers?
The lack of translation accuracy has been lamented for as long as, well, there has been translation. For example, an influential industry study reports translation errors cause lost revenue in 80% of global firms. I’m sure most anyone with experience using translation can regale us with a horror story or two from the kaleidoscope of their own experience.
But, what are the historic -- history changing -- implications of translation screw-ups?
Here's a list of translation snafus that, for better or worse (in most cases worse!) have produced a profound impact on history:
- We will bury you
- Israel must be wiped off the map
- The world's most tragic translation
- That’s not the way we see it!
- The Vietnam and Iraq wars, Deja vu?
The list above will be added to as our research turns up more mistranslations of historic proportions. Of course, if you know of and would like to share a history making blooper, simply contact us.
And, why not join us? Vote for the translation blooper you think has had the most dramatic impact on history!
Here's how it works. Simply leave a comment, or click your favourite social media widget below, to register your vote. The translation blooper with the combined highest response will be declared to have the most dramatic impact on history.
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