Many have complained about the gradual death of the Maltese language over the years, but if you had to check out the country’s official COVID-19 app website, you’d be fooled into thinking it’s already dead and buried.
Immanuel Mifsud, one of Malta’s most celebrated authors and 2014’s Ġieħ ir-Reppublika winner, took to Facebook last night to point out some glaring issues with the Health Ministry’s phrasing, spelling… and, well, pretty much everything else.
“I close my eyes on a whole lot of occasions,” Mifsud started, sharing a screenshot of the website littered with mistakes. “But does the first page of an official website have to be this disastrous?
Soon enough, many like-minded users commented on the screenshot, shocked and in utter disbelief at the long list of errors.
“It looks like one of my Maltese essays,” one person commented, with another saying there’s probably “less than 500 Maltese people who actually know how to write in Maltese”.
“Maybe it was written with Google Translate,” another sarcastic comment suggested. Seriously though, how tough can it be to hire a proofreader for your official government website?
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