EFE: Obesity tripled in twelve months

Malaprensa explains how the publicly-funded news agency converted Eurostat highest and lowest obesity percentages for EU member states for the year 2008/9 into year-on-year growth figures for the EU as a whole, and how the fatherland’s press repeated this unquestioningly. Pay a translator and avoid being stamped as incompetent and ending up on the street in the ensuing privatisation? No, gracias.

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ABC (2): ABC are the first three letters of the Latin script known as the alphabet.

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EFE (1): Agencia EFE, S.A. EFE was created in 1939 by Ramón Serrano Súñer, then Spain's minister of the Interior and brother-in-law of Francisco Franco.

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Föcked Translation (413): I posted to a light-hearted blog called Fucked Translation over on Blogger from 2007 to 2016, when I was often in Barcelona. Its original subtitle was "What happens when Spanish institutions and businesses give translation contracts to relatives or to some guy in a bar who once went to London and only charges 0.05€/word." I never actually did much Spanish-English translation (most of my work is from Dutch, French and German) but I was intrigued and amused by the hubristic Spanish belief, then common, that nepotism and quality went hand in hand, and by the nemeses that inevitably followed.

Radio Nacional de España (1): Radio Nacional de España is Spain's national public radio service.

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