Issues of Translation

I have to confess that we were a little disappointed to hear on the radio the other night that Beijing have announced plans to crack down on poorly translated (into English) signs in the run-up to the Olympics. We were looking forward to seeing such signs when we visit this summer.

Thankfully, it seems like Malaysia Airlines are extending some sympathy. I’ve been having consistent problems with 500 errors on their website, so emailed them to suggest they might like to fix it. A few seconds later, I got this delightful automatic response:

Response from Malaysian Airlines, including 'We will revert as soon possible'

I’m not sure whether to prefer ‘we will revert’ (specially since that’s actually what I want them to do–revert to a working version of their code) or the fact that it’s signed off in such a generic manner.

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