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    Lost in translation?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Maroon, Jun 15, 2009.

    Hey guys.

    This is one for all you Americans out there:

    Would you know what I meant if I used the phrase 'goodies and baddies'? For example, Spiderman is a goodie, but the Green Goblin is a baddie ?

    M.
     
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    Not a problem. It's not something I've heard too often, but I've definitely heard it before, and it's pretty self-explanatory.
     
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    Not words we would use here in the states, but I think they are obvious enough. There are lots of little usage... thingies... which are different, but still quite understandable. For example, in the states, you wouldn't really hear the word nice used in relationship to food taste. Americans say that things taste good, it would be odd to hear an American say that something tastes nice. But, really, is there any confusion on either side as to what the other means when they use either good or nice in relationship to food?
     
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    Haha it's the opposite here.

    Maroon, I'm not American but I'd get what you meant...if you were interested :redface:
     
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    Ok, thanks guys.

    You're right that if I wrote 'goodies and baddies' it would probably be self explanatory. But I was just re-editing a paragraph where I threw the word 'goodies' in by itself; that might be a little more confusing if the phrase doesn't really exist in the states. I wasn't certain.

    Anyway. Good to know!
     
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    Always interested!
     
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    I've heard "goodies and baddies" before, but not often or recently. But "goodies" by itself has a very different connotation: treats, particularly sweet ones.
     
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    That's very true. Hm.

    I might look into a capitalization, see if that clears things up at all.

    Funny old world, innit? :)
     
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    I'd probably go with a different term: good guys or white hats, perhaps.
     
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    Have to say, it's fascinating how certain phrases completed fail to translate between the UK and the States. Americanisms seem to be less of a problem on the whole, probably because of all the American sitcoms.

    But I'll never forget the baffled silence I got when I told an American I was "knackered" or, God forbid, that I was going to "lay the table"!

    Anyhow, thanks for the input guys. I may pick your brains on this again, soon.
     
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    i have heard them used in the states, as well as in other parts of the world, so i don't see why it would be a problem...
     

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