Posted by: janecronin | June 20, 2011

Spanish/English translations – fish streets!

Some false friends are just downright unfortunate.  There is a large and prestigious (well it was prestigious) residential complex near here whose creators had the marvellous idea of naming its streets after fish.  It came to mind recently as I had to go and visit someone in calle Lubina (Sea Bass Street).  I mean, whoever convinced them that was a good idea in either language?

Bearing in mind that a large proportion of the residents are English speaking, I really thing that “Monkfish street” takes the prize.  Do you know what that is in Spanish?  “Calle Rape”.   I wonder how much their advisors were paid to come up with that idea.


  1. It all seems very fishy to me Jane! Sorry, just couldn´t resist!!!

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