Monday, October 26, 2009

The Ritz

The Ritz. The Spanish text underneath specifies that vagrants are not allowed to call the police (?!). Or at least that's what "Google Translate" says it means.

I've since been corrected regarding the Spanish translation, which does indeed read "loiterers are not permitted; the police will be called" (the word se would be the so-called impersonal pronoun). Even if the Spanish translation is correct, I'm still intrigued by the difference in length between the two inscriptions. On this sign, English communicates a message through very compressed verbal constructions, while another language "takes longer" to say the same thing.

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