I confess to a soft spot for the Style Invitational, a weekly puzzle/word game/whatever run by the Washington Post’s fab features section. It’s sort of an upmarket parlor game of widely varying tests of skill, hard to describe, but rarely boring.
Scroll past this week’s bizarre challenge to the results of last week’s: Feed text to Google’s translating engine, then feed the result back into English. I should make you click through to read first place, but it’s too good not to share right here:
Original text: I am the worst president elected ever. (From French) I am the worst president never elected.
You had to know it would be French, didn’t you?
The rest are pretty funny, too. As the judges said, we don’t think real translators have any fear for their jobs just yet.