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Crude Translation on Australian Vanity Plates

Kristen Perry, an Australian woman, has gone by the nickname “Kiki” since she was a baby.  One day about 5 years ago, her thoughtful husband surprised her with vanity plates featuring the nickname. They seemed like a perfect accessory for her Porsche.

Unfortunately, the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority disagreed, after it received a complaint from another motorist advising that the word “Kiki” translates into “vagina” in the Tagalog language of the Philippines.

The RTA responded to the complaint by sending a “please explain” letter, threatening to take Mrs. Perry’s plates away if she couldn’t show she had a good reason for choosing them. She told the Telegraph:

“At first I thought it was a joke, but then I realised it was actually quite serious and that my number plates would be taken off me if I didn’t respond appropriately.”

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