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Loose tongues and oily seamen: Lost in machine translation yet again

Dave559 Bronze badge


Re: á é í ó ú Á É Í Ó Ú, etc

It has always struck me as a particular irony that the country which probably has the greatest mix of original nationalities and names in the world was the one that gave us the very restricted character set of ASCII, so that many of its own citizens wouldn't even be able to type their own names properly. Although many of them had already had their names clobbered by the immigration officials at Ellis Island first, sadly.

(And, yes, I realise that ASCII was invented back in the days when they couldn't even spare 4 digits for the year, a problem which also took quite some time to be resolved.)

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