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Lost in Translation

Kathryn Quinn

The official Euro 2012 English language welcome to hundreds of thousands of fans in Poland has been branded gobbledegook by a linguistics expert.

The slogan - 'Feel Like At Home' - is on thousands of banners and posters being plastered all over the country for the tournament's launch next week.

But translator Andy Edwins, 40 - who works with the British Council in Warsaw - said: "It’s ridiculous because no one says that. Poland will be a laughing stock."

"The message is understandable but it is grammatically wrong.

"People will just laugh at Poland for its poor grammar.

"It should, of course, be ‘Feel at Home’," he told a local radio station.

But Polish officials have refused to correct the slogan.

Sports Minister Joanna Mucha claimed: "We consulted native English speakers and the message is clear."

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