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Lee Eisenberg said in August 10th, 2012 at 9:41 pm    

Speaking of literal translations, I don’t know if anyone’s heard the story (possibly true, possibly not) of the first time that they attempted natural word processing. They took the phrase “the spirit is strong but the flesh is weak” and translated it word-to-word into Russian. When they back-translated it, they got “the vodka is strong but the meat is rotten”.

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