Charlie Croker’s “Lost in Translation”

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In today’s Telegraph Online, Charlie Croker reveals the highlights from his second compendium of baffling broken English encountered abroad……..

That this sort of thing marks a bond between travellers was clear from the start. Shortly after encountering a Japanese car hire leaflet (“When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn”), I found myself on a ferry to La Gomera in the Canaries, reading: “Keep this ticket up the end of your trip”.

Illustration from Charlie Croker’s Still lost in Translation

Was there a book in this? Friends’ responses suggested there might well be. One recalled – from more than a decade before – the sign in front of construction works at a Bolivian airport: “Sorry for the bother.”

Another remembered a sign on a broken turnstile at Salzburg passport control: “Out of work.”Read more: Lost in Translation 

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