Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Oxford dixit

Another interesting article in the Oxford Dictionaries Blog, Translatable vs untranslatable, and two brief quotes:
A lot of the coffee-break reads popping up on the internet don’t contain untranslatable words, but rather language lacking a word-for-word English equivalent. Is a translation only a translation if it is eloquent and succinct?
When moving from one language to another, what’s a translation and what’s a definition – and is there a difference? Brevity seems to matter: the longer the translation, the more likely it is to be considered a definition. Does this make it any less of a translation?

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