On 'saving money'

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Michael Scarpitti, Sep 12, 2003.

  1. I guess this town does not have the Leica attitude!,205,&item_id=34146

    Computer translation is no fairytale
    11 September 2003

    HOMBERG - A little town in Germany that gave the world the Grimms'
    fairytale Little Brother and Little Sister has pulped its English-language
    tourist brochure after admitting it was translated by computer.

    Linguistic errors are common in the leaflets that small German towns hand
    to foreign tourists. But at Homberg-an-der-Efze, they did not even ask the
    usual high-school teacher to do the translation: instead, municipal
    officials used an Internet translating machine.

    The result was sheer nonsense, with visitors being promised "casual value"
    (the literal translation of a German word for "leisure potential") at the
    "free bath" (open-air swimming pool).

    "We blundered," admitted mayor Martin Wagner this week in the town north of
    Frankfurt. The 7,500 brochures had to be discarded. A staffer had wanted to
    save the authorities money rather than employ a professional translator.

    Homberg-an-der-Efze's sights are the pool, the wooded hills and
    old-fashioned houses from the days of the Brothers Grimm.

    The fairy tale describes a brother and sister who run away from their cruel
    stepmother. The boy drinks from an enchanted stream and is turned into a
    deer. Years later a king marries the girl.

    The young queen's stepmother suffocates her, but the king restores her to
    life through his love and loyalty. When the stepmother is destroyed the
    enchantment is broken, and all live happily ever after.

    Michael Scarpitti, Sep 12, 2003
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