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When in Rome, Speak as the Romans Do

November 06, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Italian police held a truck driver for more than 10 hours after finding a suspicious word in his otherwise perfectly-in-order papers.

The word was laden.

The driver handed his German-language documents to police, who had few suspicions until they came across the word laden, the Italian news agency AGI reported in Rome. At that point, he was hauled in for questioning.

Unable to speak Italian, he could not explain that laden is just German for "to load."

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