I can’t speak, read or write Welsh, so I haven’t got the slightest idea what gyfieithu means. Neither did Swansea council when they put up this bilingual road sign:
From the BBC:
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.
“When they’re proofing signs, they should really use someone who speaks Welsh,” said journalist Dylan Iorwerth.
Beyond Chinglish? My favorite machine translation:
I don’t know where in China this restaurant is or who took the picture. I saw it here.
Back in the late 1980s, someone said to me: “You’re all wasting your time learning these foreign languages. Pretty soon computers are going be translating everything and there’ll be nothing for you to do.” One day, perhaps. But not just yet.
Update: I have now discovered that Translate server error was photographed in June by Samuel Osouf on the road between Beijing and Taiyuan. He posted it on Facebook, from whence it spread quickly around the world. Perhaps the first blogger to copy it (giving credit to the photographer) was Liuzhou Laowai.