The idea was to commemorate 70 years of independence, and the bill features the first ever Lebanese flag in its current shape and colors, as well as a few of the country’s most important landmarks.
It’s been quite a few years that Banque du Liban (the Lebanese Central Bank) has been heavily criticized because of the new bills it has been rolling out, but regardless of all the buzz, people got used to the new bills which grew on them.
Now the thing with this new 50,000 LBP bill is that it has an epic language fail: the French word “indépendance” (its English equivalent being “independence”) was actually spelled as “indépendence”!
Social media is exploding with all kinds of memes, jokes and posts about this outrageous fail which we will have to endure and live with for many years to come.
The Lebanese people have always been known for laughing their way out of any sad situation, but this is a serious case we have here. We are laughing about it, but there must be something we can do to fix it!
I wonder how such a very obvious mistake was left unseen by all the supervisors and people who took a look at it before it was granted final approval. It shocks me because we Lebanese pride ourselves with our excellent language proficiency (French, English and our mother tongue Arabic). This is not a billboard, a brochure or a restaurant menu. This is a bill to be issued by the Central Bank for God’s sake!
It is crazy and unbelievable how one single letter, one tiny little vowel, can cause such a huge mistake, leading to an unimaginable amount of denunciation!
So my message goes out to Mr. Riad Salame, Governor of Banque du Liban, whom all the Lebanese admire and respect:
Mr. Salame, please do something about this before any further damage is done. This is not to be taken lightly, and you cannot just ignore the reaction of all the outraged Lebanese intellectuals. This is not how matters are handled. You are known for being a professional. Please take this bill down and issue an amended one now, right now. You have eight days, I know it can be done!