The 10 Funniest Translation Mistakes

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1. Exit or Success?

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Hmmm..I don’t think whoever translated this realized “éxito” means “success.” So if you’re feeling down, just stand in this Starbucks line and you’ll find success!

2. Ninguana?

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Ninguana? Don’t think that’s a word.

3. Chaparrones?

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Where do I begin? “Vuelta” means “turn,” like “turn around so I can see you” kind of turn. “Lejos” means “far away.” “Chaparrones” are showers as in raining, down-pouring showers.

And “cuando usted es hecho” not only doesn’t make sense, but the literal translation of it would be along the lines of “when you are made” like made in a factory or something. It’s just all weird.

4. Until The To Hand Over Chip For To Boy

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Does anyone understand this? Didn’t think so.

5. Bread Waters Down

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Ummmm…  What??

6. Turn Your Bowels Loose?

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When Coors translated their slogan “Turn it Loose” in Spain as “Suéltate con Coors!” it actually meant “Turn your bowels loose” or “Suffer from diarrhea.” Whoops!

7. Flying Naked

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American Airlines tried to promote flying in first class to its Mexican consumers with their slogan “Fly in leather.” Only, “in leather,” literally “en cuero,” is a slang term for being naked. Flying naked? Sounds like even more of a luxury!

8. Nuts Cocktail

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Eww. I think you meant “Dried Fruits Medley.”

9. A Pen Will Impregnate You

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Parker Pens in Mexico; It won’t leak in your pocket and impregnate you! Good to know!

10. Dumbfounded Sky Bacon

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Anyone up for some “dumbfounded sky bacon” or “fragmentation hand grenade” for lunch today?


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