4 Aug 2008
FUN MONDAY - WORDS
Mothers of Brothers idea for this week is :
Tell us about your favorite word… or if you can’t pick just one, tell us about a few. Are there certain words that feel good the way they roll of your tongue? Do some words make you feel smart? Or silly? Or happy? Which words do you find yourself selecting to put in your posts?
It is impossible for me to have one favourite word or even words. It all depends in which language I speak or write. Some words I use in English I couldn't use in French or German and the other way around because it would have no meaning. Translations like Google and other computer Translators do are too funny to me, because it is impossible most of the time to understand the text, they translate word by word and that makes no sense and what comes out is hilarious.
One bad translation sometimes can become a catastrophe. After WW II the German population badly needed cereals to make flour for bread. In German the general word is Korn. An American translator translated then Korn by corn and that the german population needed corn flour. What happened ? Tons of corn were shipped to Germany and the bread was not only yellow ! I know this story from my aunt who worked as a translator for the American administration in Germany after the war.
From one language to another words have often different meanings or are used differently, so I am unable to say which word I use more often then another. But one word you can translate in all languages without fear to be wrong, that's the word LOVE. (Amour, Liebe, Amore)
"Ten Commandants ? Surely there is some mistake my Lord !"