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Out of office reply on road sign

A council put up a Welsh-language road sign reading: "I am out of the
office at the moment."

Swansea Council contacted its in-house translation service when
designing a bilingual sign barring heavy goods vehicles from a road, reports
the Daily Telegraph.

But as the translator was not available, they received an automated e-
mail response in Welsh saying: "I am not in the office at the moment.

Please send any work to be translated."

Unaware of the real meaning of the message, officials had it printed on
the sign under the English, which correctly reads: "No entry for heavy
goods vehicles. Residential site only."

A Swansea Council spokesman said: "We took it down as soon as we were
made aware of it and a correct sign will be installed as soon as possible."

Welsh-language magazine Golwg printed photographs of the offending sign
after the gaffe was pointed out by readers.

Managing editor Dylan Iorwerth said: "We have been running pictures of
this kind of thing over the past few months.

"It's good that people want to have bilingual signs, but unfortunately they
don't make sure someone with a real knowledge of Welsh checks the work
through all the different stages.

"As in this case, there can be a terrible mistake."
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