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Poorly translated New Brunswick road sign refers to 'men's holes'

By Ben Hooper

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, July 15 (UPI) -- Road signs warning of "raised manholes" in a New Brunswick town are raising eyebrows with a poor French translation: "Men's holes are over-elevated."

A spokesman for the city of Fredericton said officials are planning to review the signs after residents pointed out the French text, "Trous d'homme sur éléves," translates to, "Men's holes are over-elevated."

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A Google translation of the phrase comes back even more unclear, reading: "Warning: Manholes over pupils."

City spokesman Wayne Knorr said the text on the signs, which the city bought for $29 each this year, were copied from signs used in previous years.

He said the city's new translation service recommended the signs be changed to a more accurate, "Trous d'homme surélevés," which also passes the muster of Google's translation service.

"Further discussions about fixing the signs will be held at the first of [this] week," Knorr told CBC News.

Pictures shared on social media indicate the problematic translation has been used at least since 2013.

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