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Lost in Translation

Dans la Vienne, des salariés menacent de faire sauter leur usine – Economie – Le Monde.fr. (link valid until 26/07/09)

is the basis for the Telegraph story that caught my fancy yesterday,    French workers threaten ‘to blow up’ car factory – Telegraph.

“Pour tenter de négocier cette indemnité, trois cars, soit environ 150 salariés…”, Le Monde, compared to the Telegraph’s  “Mr Eyermann said two coach loads of workers had visited…”

As a translation error, it’s basic but of very little consequence; it doesn’t change the meaning or time-line of the story.  It just struck me as a particulary odd error, after all three coaches don’t suddenly morph into two, however indicative that may be of the current economic situation.

Two much commoner errors  would have been

  • three car loads of workers – having read the French version, the image of 150 disgruntled machinists crammed into  3 cars tickled my fancy, reminiscent of student hi-jinks.
  • 3/4 of  150 workers – trois cars being homonymous with trois-quarts, mind you the product would be  112.5 workers – part-timer or missing body parts?

I’m probably the only person on the planet that finds this funny, so sorry if you’ve been bored. Will try harder next time.



One Response

  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1200428/Give-money-blow-cranes-How-laid-French-workers-got-compensation.html

    Of course, I do not read the Mail but … for what it’s worth, this seems to be a growing trend in France.

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