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Tweets, Terrorism, and Translation

By Cristina Fernandez-Pereda, Jul 31, 2009 12:29 PM

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The offending word was misery. The headlines were "Brits face Spain holiday misery after double bomb attack," by The Times. The BBC chose "disrupt. "Spanish bomb disrupts UK holidays".

It took 24 hours for The Times to change the wording even after their Twitter account was flooded with messages from offended Spaniards. But what if all those Spaniards were lost in translation?