Giggles in the Toilet

by Juliana Damia
(Córdoba, Argentina)

Message on a toilet door...

Message on a toilet door...

I would have never imagined two summers ago when I couldn't help taking a photograph of the sign posted on the door of the toilet of an exquisite restaurant in the exclusive Jureré International, one of the unforgettable spots in the city of Florianópolis in Brasil, that I was going to use it in this way!

I had to call in my sister in law who was on holiday with me, and is a native English speaker, to share the laugh; and glad I had taken my camera with me I didn't hesitate to take this picture home, even if I didn't know what for.

Of course, my 'teacher gut' made me go out of the toilet directly to the people at the reception desk and very elegantly tell them there had been a slight mistake in the translation of the sign and that probably nobody would eventually understand what to do with the paper... They gratefully thanked me and one of them recalled somebody else had told them something about it before.

It seems they were very proud of their sign as they didn't show any immediate intentions to correct it.

I am delighted now that I can share this bit with you, who as lovers of words as I feel, will be able to enjoy the subtleties of these lines.

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Jun 19, 2010
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by: Anonymous

Absolutely agree, something I myself would have laughed at, probably out loud (!), but I do have a question about the bottom line of the message....

Where does toilet paper go, if not in the toilet? I really hope that the original message in portuguese, "do not discard paper into the toilet" refers to paper TOWELS, and not toilet paper.......!!!!!! This freaks me out more than the lousy translations, you know............... !!!!

Jun 10, 2010
Toilet Training... :o))
by: Cecilia

I just love it!

Jun 10, 2010
OMG
by: Sole

This pict is a clear example of how much translators are needed! Btw, clap, clap to Julie!

Jun 09, 2010
Not for Actors
by: Anonymous

Be yourself! Even in a toilet! LOL

Jun 09, 2010
incredible!!!
by: marta

me reí mucho, mucho

Jun 09, 2010
LOL
by: Rena

When mistakes like this are made, you can't help laughing even when, deep inside, you think about how important the job of the translator is and what little importance it's given in the "real" world. Great picture!!

Jun 09, 2010
Giggles in the Toilet
by: Maria José

As a first hand witness I must admit this was a severe case of literal translation! Laughed my heart out with my sister in law! Can´t believe she kept the picture! Congrats!

Jun 09, 2010
Awesome
by: Thomas

Don't make the toilet your personal stage...
Greetings from Germany

Jun 09, 2010
Roleplays in the toilet, ha, ha...
by: Gustavo

Really cute.

Jun 09, 2010
Incredible...
by: Anonymous

Really terrible translation!!!

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