Thursday, November 09, 2006

In case of fire, first find your donkey…

A fire brigade leaflet giving practical tips of what to do if trapped in a blaze made perfect sense in English. But when translated into Urdu, the Mirror says it advised occupants to grab the nearest...donkey.

The English text, designed to cut deaths from household fires, read:
"Never jump straight out of a window. Lower yourself on to cushions etc."
But in the Urdu version it said:
"Never jump out of a window straight. Put yourself on a donkey etc and come down."
Teacher Ilfan Malik explained:
"The Urdu word for cushion is gadda. But the word for donkey is gadha. It appears whoever translated the leaflet has mixed the two words up or the spelling has been printed wrongly."
Mohammed Iqbal added: "Everyone has had a good laugh."

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue produced the brochure for ethnic communities across


Anonymous said...

Well done Strathclyde! We always like to get a mention.

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