Garbled Arabic Olympics ‘Welcome’ Signs Replaced
The official shopping centre of the 2012 Olympics apologized on Thursday for putting up “Welcome to London” banners in Arabic that read backwards. The Westfield banners “were garbled and made no sense in Arabic,” said Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding. “Most Arabs I’ve spoken to found it comical and rather embarrassing.”
He said it would be like a sign in English reading: “N O D N O L O T E M O C L E W.”
Doyle blamed the error on software programs that automatically reverse and disconnect the letters.
”This isn’t a translation issue—no translator could conceivably come up with this.”