Today brought strange news about France's new prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault: His surname means "penis" in Arabic. As a result, France's foreign ministry issued a statement informing the Arab press that the letters L and T would be added to the transliteration of his name, Bloomberg's Gregory Viscusi and Nayla Razzouk report.
Though it rarely causes an international incident, peoples' names have long had humorous phonetic meanings or NSFW translations in foreign languages. Take these for instance:
Meet the "Fokkers"
The surname is funny enough to be a multimillion dollar movie franchise but in the Netherlands, the surname "Fokker" is actually quite common.
Meet Germany's Challenged Political Candidate
This candidate from Germany's Freie Wählergemeinschaft party may do well in his homeland but probably won't be a crossover success in the States.
Meet the Russians with an Anatomical Surname
Meet Pakistan's "Biggest Dick" Ambassador
In 2010, the international press picked up a story that Saudi Arabia rejected Pakistan's newly-appointed ambassador Akbar Zeb because when translated his name means "biggest dick" in Arabic. In the end, the story was a little too good to be true: Saudi Arabia did no such thing but it was a good laugh nonetheless.