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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Foreign Service Workers of the world, UNTIE!

The US Secretary of State, who occasionally gets referred to as Mrs. Clinton, although that is not now nor ever has been her legal name, has goofed big time.

In an effort to show the Obama administration's desire for Change, she presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a "reset button" that may have passed OSHA inspection, but didn't pass muster with the Russian press. Why? Well, in an attempt to express the idea of 'reset' in both languages, the gag included what was thought to be the right Russian word. Apparently, like Templeton the Rat, they went looking for a good word and found one on a circuit breaker in the American Embassy, because the word actually means 'overload.'

Five Hundred Russian Linguists trained at the Defense Language Institute, and they never consulted a one of them for the correct rendering. And they didn't even write it in Cyrillic characters!

Yeah, we got Change, all right.

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