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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spoof Kazakhstan Anthem Foul-Up, Like Those Spellcheck Goofs

Could the Kazakhstan officials who threatened to sue Sacha Cohen for using the name of their real country in Borat have feared such a goof-up as recently happened?
A gold-medal winning athlete from Kazakhstan was forced to stand through a national anthem that insulted other countries and boasted of her nation's "clean prostitutes" when organizers at a shooting competition accidentally played a fake anthem from the comedy film "Borat."
...Dmitrienko won the 75 target event at the 10th Arab Shooting Championship in Kuwait on Thursday. She stood on the podium with the event's other medal winners and expected to hear "My Kazakhstan." Instead, she was greeted with Sacha Baron Cohen's mock anthem from his 2006 film.

You'll find the lyrics here. They're too dirty for my blog.

This happened in Kuwait. Can you imagine if it had happened in Israel? There would be war.

Google searches, translations and spellchecks can be dangerous.  I think we all have experienced some really strange results when trying to get information from the internet.  Double-checking is extremely important.  As an EFL English teacher, I'd beg my students not to rely on the internet for translations or trust spellcheck.

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