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Lost in Translation


Someone in the United Nations once fed a common English saying into a translating computer. The machine was asked to translate the statement into Chinese then into French and finally back into English. The adage chosen was “Out of sight, out of mind.” What came back was “Invisible, insane.”

A similar computer was given the task of translating into Russian and then back into English the bromide “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” The result was, “The wine is good, but the meat is spoiled.”

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