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Sign loses something in translation

31st December 2013 | Warning Signs

The town of Penarth in Wales has been confused recently after a road sign was found telling them something very counterintuitive.

The sign in question reads: “Tra bydd golau coch sefwch yma.” The English translation underneath, according to the sign, reads: “When red light shows wait here.”

However, residents of Penarth have been slightly confused, as “sefwch” does not mean ‘wait’, but ‘stand’. The sign therefore does not instruct drivers to wait when the red light shows, it tells them to stand up.

When she saw the sign, Penarth resident Eleri Griffiths tweeted: “I wouldn't want to stand in the middle of Windsor Road thanks!”

The sign has provided a bit of light-hearted humour, however it must be noted that effort should always be made to translate signs properly.

If that had been a warning sign in a workplace, someone could have been hurt due to not understanding safety instructions.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801677271-ADNFCR


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