I have bit of deliberate ambiguity for you today, specifically how to interpret the word Google’s in the title of this post. All that “glitteringly glitters” is not what it purports to be. Once back in 2011, I read a story in a Finnish newspaper about a choirboy accidentally throwing up into a Steinway Model C valued at around €100,000 — or as it’s written in Finland, €100.000. This post is about how Google Translate hilariously mistranslated the story to English in 2011 and again differently in 2018.
I was cleaning out some email the other day and found some quick advice from 2011 that I wrote for a young American couple considering moving to Finland. FWIW I think the things an American notices about Finland are like these: