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Mara, a student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo now studying at the University of North Alabama, thought Google Translate rendered the French for “peanut butter” as peanut leg. Instead of using it to translate the French word pâte, meaning paste, she tried to translate the similar-sounding patte, which in French means an animal’s “paw” or “leg.” Computer translation can be helpful, but a bilingual dictionary is better. This is part of a complete episode.

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