12 Jan '18, 10am

Translating Trump: A 'dirty' job but someone has to do it

TOKYO: US President Donald Trump's use of the word "shithole" to describe some countries has sparked fury in some quarters and left many media scratching their heads on whether to repeat the slur. But spare a thought for the non-English language media outlets that had to translate the president's colourful epithet into local languages. Here are a few of their efforts: JAPAN: 'LIKE TOILETS' The famously polite Japanese media tied themselves in knots trying not to offend their readers, with national broadcaster NHK sticking to "filthy countries". The BBC's Japanese-language service translated the term into Japanese with a phrase for a tank to hold excrement, which is often used as manure. Advertisement Advertisement Newswire Jiji Press translated it as "countries like toilets", using a colloquial but not necessarily vulgar term. Meanwhile, the Sankei Shimbun added nuance by ...

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