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How countries around the world translated Trump

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President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out at immigrants to the US from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries with a profane outburst during a meeting with lawmakers.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” he reportedly said. A UN spokesman later condemned as "shocking," "shameful" and "racist."

Internationally, news organizations, including The World, have weighed how to characterize his remarks. We took a look at news headlines across the globe to see how much was lost in translation — or not. 

Spanish

Many Spanish-language translations were quite literal.

Mexico: países de mierda ("shit countries") 

El Salvador: agujeros de mierda ("holes of shit") 

But there was some debate over the best phrase to use.

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French

News organizations in French-speaking countries across the globe also chose to use different translations.

France: pays de merde ("countries of shit")

Canada: trou à rats (“rathole”)

Haiti: trou de merde (“shithole”) and trou du cul (“asshole”)

Other Languages

Some countries around the world took a more creative approach.

South Korea: 거지소굴 or “go-ji-so-gul” ("beggars' haunts")

China: 烂国 or "lan guo" ("countries that suck" or "rotten countries")

Taiwan: 鳥不生蛋的國家 or "niao bu sheng dan de guo jia" ("countries where birds don’t lay eggs")

Japan: 便所のように汚い国 or "benjo no yō ni kitanai kuni" (“countries that are dirty like toilets”)

Italy: cesso di paesi (“toilet countries”)

Germany: drecksloch-staaten ("garbage dump countries") 

There's some debate on that front, though.

Finland: persläpimaat ("asshole countries")

Netherlands: achterlijkelanden ("backwards" or "retarded countries")

Arabic: دول قذرة or "dol qadhira" ("filthy countries"). 

Iran: چاه مستراح or "chaah-e mostarah" ("toilet hole countries")

Israel: מחורבן or m’churban ("trashy" or "rotten countries")

Readers offered more examples on the The World in Words Facebook page. 

 

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