Google Translate 'glitch' turns 'Russia' into 'Mordor', top diplomat’s name into ‘sad little horse’

According to Google, Mordor, the evil realm from Lord of the Rings series, not just exists in real life, but contrary to popular belief, it's a pretty cold place.

A recent 'glitch' in Google Translate has resulted it in translating “Russian Federation” to “Mordor” and Russia’s top diplomat into a “sad little horse.”

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

It is unclear whether the goof-up was a result of a hack or malfunction in the Google algorithm. Pro-Ukrainian groups often refer to Russia as Mordor, reports The Daily Mail.

The word “Russian” was also translated to “occupant”.

Many Ukrainians consider Russian troops to be illegal “occupiers” of Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

There is no confirmation on whether Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has lodged an official complaint over his last name being translated as “sad little horse,” or “grustnaya loshadka”, reports The Washington Post.

“When Google Translate generates automatic translation, it uses a sample of the hundreds of millions of documents to determine which option may be the most appropriate translation. Therefore, mistakes and mistranslations may happen,” a Google representative said in a statement published by Russian news media, reports Vocativ.


Updated Date: Jan 07, 2016 15:16 PM

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