Ten years or so ago, I sent a personal letter to the Director of the said Rías Baixas Tourist Board, offering to translate all their promotional material for nowt. I never even had the courtesy of a reply. But, anyway, here’s how their English material turned out, absent my help. Craply, in a word. Presumably, though, it came with the stamp of approval of whichever of the Director’s relatives produced it. For a large fee.
I guess Colin’s on one of those notoriously lavish CFO pensions, so maybe “for nowt” is short for “at monstrous cost to the British taxpayer”.
I think I can understand any Spanish reluctance to entertain Liverpudlians bearing gifts: on the first occasion that the mass distribution of foreign translations of texts graven in stone was tolerated the British and Foreign Bible Society unleashed
a Quaker called George Borrow, an outlandish character of few letters, as simple, gullible and naive as those who emerge with a ladder to receive the Three Kings. (Menéndez y Pelayo, Historia de los heterodoxos españoles)
Socialism and the smoking ban were then but a question of time.
I don’t get the Three Kings-ladder quip, and it is said that Borrow’s translations into Basque and “Gypsy” are laughably poor. Anyone?
- Dictatorship of the castriat
Don Colin, who has more members than Lingual S&M, wonders whether this is de la abeja rodillas. Just out of interest,
- The worst translation ever published, hotel foyer penalty shoot-outs, lovers of pigs: paving on the road to hell
Between thieves, who profit from mistranslation, and fools, who know no better (and no profit), there lurks an intriguing class: lunatics,
- Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo on George Borrow
In between pints of Summer Lightning I’ve been reading bits of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo’s account of heresy in Spain, Historia de
- A revolutionary Balkan gypsy begging flyer
The gypsy beggars and backing-track musos who work the Barcelona local train service systematically and efficiently are an example to Spanish
- I assure you that if you trust us, you will not regret
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