Not Getting Any

You may be familiar with the sedate but classic example used to demonstrate the critical importance of punctuation....

A woman has been nursing her husband from a lingering disease, but leaves to visit her mother. He gets worse and sends her a telegram. Unfortunately, the telegraph operator misplaces the period (indicated with the term STOP), and she receives this telegram:




NOT GETTING ANY
STOP
BETTER COME HOME QUICK
STOP










At BigAdmin we've been keeping a wary eye on the increased popularity of machine translation. We would be mortified if one of our articles gave a Portuguese sysadmin these instructions:

Um beijo whiskery
Pela um adorar maio
Você não fazê-la louca
Mas o rosto dela será ferida
Birmânia Barbear


A whiskery kiss
For the one
You adore
May not make her mad
But her face will be sore
Burma Shave

To make sure these cultural faux pas don't creep into our multilingual content, we've come up with a way to let you compare the translated document to the original. Here's how:

  1. Go to the multilingual hub.
  2. Select a language.
  3. If necessary, select the Content sub-tab.
  4. Click on your favorite article.
  5. At the top right of the article, beneath the symbols for the different languages, click on the text that says "Compare Translations" in the native language.

A window will pop up displaying the original and the translation, side by side.

Try this example.

If you'd like to correct something in the translated version, use the Submit Content or Link to BigAdmin link.

Let us know what you think.

-Rick
Comments:

yeah, the look on johnny's face says it all! :)

Posted by debbie on July 28, 2009 at 04:26 PM CDT #

Relatively certain that Sun doesn't have permission from Disney to use this photo, and there's no way this falls under the umbrella of Fair Use.

Posted by copyright police on August 13, 2009 at 07:27 AM CDT #

As we say in French, "Bravo!"

Posted by GD on August 20, 2009 at 05:21 AM CDT #

Hey copyright police, thanks for the heads up. I normally add a link to the source of the picture. Fixed that. Now it links to the Disney store.

Posted by Richard Ramsey on August 20, 2009 at 05:55 AM CDT #

still not really fair use, even with attribution. ;-\\

Posted by copyright police on August 28, 2009 at 06:54 AM CDT #

Some people have nothing better to do than run around telling tales.

The telegram was hilarious!

Posted by FatLoss4Idiots on September 12, 2009 at 02:40 AM CDT #

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