Indian airport's salacious mistranslation: 'Eating carpet strictly prohibited'

A Facebook user said the Hindi text should have been translated to English as, "Sitting and eating on the carpet is prohibited."

By Ben Hooper

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CHENNAI, India, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A sign posted at an Indian airport is making viral waves with its saucy-seeming English translation: "Eating carpet strictly prohibited."

The sign, which businessman Justin Ross Lee photographed at Chennai International Airport, was purportedly posted in a carpeted area by the Airports Authority of India and features Hindi text with the apparently poorly translated English text.


"What an outrage India. All I want to do is go down on your curry-stained airport carpet," Lee wrote on Facebook.

Facebook user Muzammil Azmi said in a comment on Lee's post that the Hindi text would more accurately be translated as, "Sitting and eating on the carpet is prohibited."

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