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Tuesday, 26 October 2010 17:05

My friend Ian sent me a couple of translation howlers he found on a restaurant menu in Denia on the Costa Blanca.  The restaurant shall remain anonymous!

The best offering was: “Tail of snuff with sauce of scum and carrot.”  Mmm! Ni-i-i-ce!

Or as an alternative: “Salmon to the plate with garrison.” Yes, pur-lease...!

If you’ve got any more examples, please send them on the comment form below.

©  Paul Whitelock


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0 #1 2010-10-26 19:01
Voltasur restaurant in Ronda offers goats cheese salad with creaking. Leg of lamb is translated as ' arm of lamb'.
An estate agent in Ronda translates kitchens in their houses or apartments as 'he cooks' and Ronda as 'in the round'.

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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