aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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Lost in translation?

NPR took a look at the challenges posed by translations.

“The differences between cultures can be a challenge. When working on Gargantua and Pantagruel, Raffel translated Middle French into modern English. Written in the 16th century, the novel was set in a time of filth and squalor. Raffel found he had to overcome the limits of the English language.

"Rabelais, the author of this very strange book, ends the chapter with a sputtering iteration. I believe it's something like 43 different words in French for s- - -," says Raffel. "My problem was finding 43 different words because English is not so plentiful in these things."

Read and even hear more here.

How many words do you know for poop? I'm not sure I can think of more than 10.



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