Five Words and Phrases Derived from Mistranslations

International Translation Day is celebrated each year on the 30th of September—the feast day of St Jerome, the patron saint of translators, who is known for being among the first in history to translate the Bible from Greek into Latin.

But translations from one language to another don’t always go smoothly, and mistakes, misreadings and misinterpretations can sometimes warp the meaning or implication of the original text.

These kinds of errors can even affect our language and, as can be seen in the stories behind these five words and phrases, can often prove difficult, if not impossible, to put right…

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