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DetlefK Donating Member (449 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:38 PM
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Grave mistranslation as Clinton tries to make friends with Russia
Source: RIA novosti

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As a symbolic start to the process, Clinton brought to the meeting a yellow box with a large red "reset" button, which she asked Lavrov to push with her. On either side of the button was a label in English "reset," and what was supposed to be a Russian translation.

However, Lavrov pointed out to Clinton that there was a mistake in the Russian equivalent and instead of "reset," the word had been translated as "overload."

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Read more: http://en.rian.ru/world/20090306/120465370.html



Luckily, Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov showed some humor. ;)
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:40 PM
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1. Gosh, doesn't our State Dept. have anyone who speaks Russian??
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 01:48 PM by polichick
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:47 PM
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3. condiscending rice pretended to speak russkie, but she didn't
actually, I think this booboo was done on purpose to break the ice.
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:41 PM
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2. I am curious why you chose the word 'grave' for your title.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 01:45 PM by Avalux
It wasn't a big deal and both Clinton and Lavrov got a good laugh out of it. There were a few letters missing from the word. Your title is not that of the article.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:04 PM
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4. Please use the original headline.
Put editorial comments in their proper place.
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:07 PM
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5. yeah- what's up with that shit?!?!? read post #2 again.
Editorial much?
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:09 PM
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6. Who was the subordinate that pick the wrong word. Ouch! Don't mess with Hillary
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Zuiderelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:19 PM
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7. Aren't LBN threads supposed to use the actual TITLE OF THE ARTICLE?
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 02:20 PM by Zuiderelle
Changing "Lavrov, Clinton meet in Geneva to 'reboot' relations" to "Grave mistranslation as Clinton tries to make friends with Russia" certainly makes it seem like you have some sort of issue with Clinton.
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:26 PM
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9. Yes. The title is not to be changed.
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frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:19 PM
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8. This happened to us once
My husband was entertaining a pair of Russian filmmakers, and we planned to take them to a restaurant for local color, at which you could call ahead and have matchbooks printed with any message. We thought that would be a cute touch. Our Russian speaking neighbor was out of town, and so we got the name of a Russian translator who could write down a translation of our intended message to give to the restaurant in advance. We wanted the matches to say "Minneapolis welcomes Hitruk and Norstein."

We arrived at the restaurant, and at first the pair didn't notice the matchbooks. They spoke only about five words of English between them, four of which seemed to be "Vodka." We ordered vodka. Suddenly they spied the matches, picked them up, stared, and started to laugh hysterically. What does it say? we asked. "Hitruk and Norstein welcome you to Minneapolis!" they bellowed, and stuffed their pockets with the matches. Then they yelled "more vodka!" again, and we all got pleasantly drunk.
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sandyj999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:40 PM
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10. Where did all the translators go? Were they downsized? n/t
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:54 PM
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11. locking
When posting articles, always use the published title of the article as the title of the discussion thread. Additional information may be included in a thread title (in parentheses) if it helps to make the title more clear.
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