1 February 2014 - 9:29am | posted by | 11 comments

BBC subtitle blunder ushers in the 'year of the whores' as Chinese New Year is celebrated

Woops: BBC announcement to a surprised audienceWoops: BBC announcement to a surprised audience

The BBC was left red-faced on Friday after its latest subtitle blunder ushered in the Chinese New Year as the “year of the whores” instead of the year of the horse.

The error was quickly picked up on social media by an amused audience.

Previous subtitle gaffes on the BBC include a call for a moment’s violence during the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002, while on another occasion one reporter’s subtitles famously claimed pigs nibbled willies instead of wellies.

Last year, Ofcom announced plans for regular audits on the quality of broadcasters’ subtitles following complaints.

The BBC may have more work to do…

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1 Feb 2014 - 12:23
JosefBures

whore or horse, what is the difference? :)))

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1 Feb 2014 - 14:35
JunkkMale

@JosefBures May be worth establishing any that there may be, to save embarrassment, or court cases. Then again, worth checking out the Gene Wilder skit in Woody Alan's 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

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3 Feb 2014 - 12:18
hongj42051's picture

@JosefBures: Of course there is a great difference. Would you like to be called a horse or a whore? How about people addressing you the latter from now on? Please think carefully before you act, thank you.

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4 Feb 2014 - 15:24
johnwinstonprice

@JosefBures I would like to see the whore that could gallop at 20 mph with me on her back .

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1 Feb 2014 - 13:43
poppasmurf's picture

lol

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2 Feb 2014 - 11:49
carlf93438's picture

The simplest way to avoid misprints, gaffes, Freudian slips and deliberate errors is to employ good proof-readers. But this means outlay on wages for active staff whereas the priority these days is to reward fat-cat managers. Even in the printed media, since the onset of software that corrects spelling, proof-readers have become a species that is almost extinct.

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3 Feb 2014 - 13:11
thoth16393's picture

@carlf93438 Hear, Hear. ( I actually know people who spell that "here, here" !!! )

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4 Feb 2014 - 15:27
johnwinstonprice

@thoth16393 I only spell it the latter way when shouting for my dog.

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2 Feb 2014 - 21:48
wongc17835's picture

BBC is whoring again!

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3 Feb 2014 - 07:01
tomto14110's picture

Somehow I think these kinds of "slips" are planned to try to get something to go viral ...

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4 Feb 2014 - 03:22
fette48243's picture

reminds me of how many such phenomena turn out to be photoshopped after the fact, whatever the original appearance might have been. Guess I'm getting either jaded or not so quick to blame or make fun of the ones who made the 'mistake'.

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