Welsh translation leaves drivers lost

Welsh translation leaves drivers lost

Council workers in Swansea erected a road sign informing motorists in Welsh: “I am out of the office at the moment”.

Swansea council staff were designing a bilingual road sign barring heavy goods vehicles from a street in the city and had consulted an in-house translation service.

As the translator was not available, an automatatic e-mail response was triggered in Welsh which read: “I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated.”

Staff mistakenly thought that it was the correct translation and had it printed on the sign beneath the message in English, which read: “No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only”.

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Katia Reed

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