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Diplomatic faux pas throughout history, part quatre



22 February 2008 09:13

Reader Andrew Byrne:

When former Australian PM Bob Hawke once spoke in Japan, interpreters apparently translated 'I am not here to play funny buggers' as 'I am not here to play laughing homosexuals'.

That story, and some other funny Richard Woolcott reminiscences, is here. And my colleague Bill Bowtell also notes a recent entry from President Bush, who on his last visit to Sydney confused APEC with OPEC, and Australia with Austria.

Earlier entries in this series are here, here and here.

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