Bad(lands) Translation

The Badlands of South Dakota
(photo by Kit Dunsmore)

French trappers referred to parts of the American West as the Mauvaises Terres.

Lazy translators turned it into the Badlands.

Why not the Wicked Lands, the Nasty Lands, or even the Fiendish Lands?

Of course, not all names should be translated.

(Grand Tetons, I’m looking at you.)

2 thoughts on “Bad(lands) Translation”

  1. Isn’t it interesting what the earth has coughed up lo these many moons ago!?! Nice picture.

    1. Our planet is a fascinating place. I took the photo during a family vacation in 1980 or 81! With film!! So old school…

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