26 Nov, 2019 @ 08:57
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¿QUE? New road marking reads SOTP instead of STOP at Costa Blanca T-junction

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NEW road markings in a Costa Blanca town have come under fire after photographs surfaced of a T-junction reading ‘SOTP’ instead of ‘STOP’.

The translation flop was spotted on Camí Montanya Llarga between the towns of Jalón and Benissa last week.

Eagle-eyed observer Toni Graf soon uploaded photographs to social media, simply writing ‘?????????’.

MIXED SIGNALS: Due to a translation blunder, the road sign now reads sum-of-the-parts

“Ah…… that didn’t go according to plan did it?” wrote one commentator, while another wrote simply ‘hilarious’.

The English imperative STOP is widely used across the world in non English-speaking countries.

Signs bearing the word are common in European Union (EU) countries such as Germany, France, Portugal and Spain.

South American countries tend to opt for the Spanish imperative ‘PARE’ or ‘ALTO’.

SOTP IT! The sign was spotted between Jalón and Benissa in the north of Alicante province

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: joshua@theolivepress.es or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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