Sign Fail

This is an example of a too common problem with translations of signage into Spanish. It is also a prime example of Mock Spanish. Although the intent is to convey a simple message "exit only" to a Spanish speaker, the act of adding an "o" to the end of exit does not do this and indirectly indexes the reader for not being able to speak English and needing a translated sign. The correct translation for this sign would be solo salida...even if they were trying to say "exit here", they were not even close. [Published on 02-05-2015]

Posted by Karen Lewis on December 15, 2017

Mock Spanish

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