Trump’s ‘Sh*thole’ Comment Created a Very Unique Problem for Translators

ow do you say “sh*thole” in French?

That’s something I’m guessing people who work at French media outlets never thought they’d be asking themselves. But thanks to Trump’s sh*tty comments this week, they had no choice.

News outlets around the world used a variety of different words to translate Trump’s racist comments about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and countries in Africa. And because I’m a linguistics nerd, I decided to report on them.




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