Thursday, November 18, 2010

Not Funny

As the Chief Inspector of Prisons says, accidentally translating "exercise yard" into "execution yard" in a leaflet for Russian prisoners is very serious:

"You could treat it as a bit of a joke unless you were that prisoner and you didn't understand how the British prison service worked and came from a country that still had execution yards. It wouldn't be a funny thing for him."
 He's right, it wouldn't be funny then, because it would be hilarious.


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James Higham said...

There are some classic translations Russian to English, Ross.

Mark Wadsworth said...

I'm disappointed you haven't covered Putin's gay puppy yet.

Ross said...

I've been away from the computer, so Putin's gay pets have escaped my notice.