Monday, January 16, 2006

lost in translation- cliché

Following is a Nigerian proverb. I am positive that it holds a much more profound meaning in its original wording. Maxims often possess beauty in their phrasing since they are initially derived from the culture of their origin. Thus, without utter knowledge of the culture itself, you are less likely to fully appreciate it. Unfortunately, the beauty of which I just referred to is evidently missing right here to a great extent. It is completely lost in translation:

The death that will kill a man begins as an appetite.

On the other hand, there are some that are able to make it through the translation after all:

A lean agreement is better than a fat lawsuit.

- German Proverb


Blogger Dar said...

laaaaa leish dayman el men , lets have it as this
" The death that will kill a woman begins as an appetite."
5olooona n3eeish !!

2:45 AM  
Anonymous bilotee said...

hey dar, thank you for all of your comments, and I believe that man (in this case) refers to the man-kind, the human race. so no worries, you can go ahead and live.

12:17 AM  

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