Recondite Proofreading Discovery of the Day

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I am reading an entry on capitalization in a World Bank translation style manual and notice that one of the examples it gives suffers from that most fearsome of plagues — the problem of inserting text from a RTL (“right to left”) language in a LTR document.

The highlighted Arabic text does not read “The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.”

It reads “for Reconstruction and Development, the International Bank.” Which is not normal word order for Arabic.

Not that many people would notice (except, of course, for Arabic-speaking people, who tend to be rather proud of their very fine language.)

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