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Determining English equivalents for words or phrases in other languages (that is, translation into English). We don't actually do translations: we can try and help you with your own translation. Please see the detailed tag info for guidance on what to ask.

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What does canonical mean when used in sentence?

I just heard someone said "a canonical horrible idea" I have been googling and still unable to understand exactly what "canonical" means when not used in programming language. Can someone explain me ...
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In the context, the translation of the phrase FLASHY BOI “5 hours of debugging VS / flashy boi” [closed]

In the context, the translation of the phrase FLASHY BOI? "5 hours of debugging VS / flashy boi"
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What's the English for Chinese word “敏感词”?

The Chinese word "敏感词" is translated into "sensitive words" somewhere, but I think it's not exact. What's the exact expression in English? In Chinese, "敏感词" is the word which is not allowed to be ...
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Is there a term for accumulated dirt on the outside of your hands and feet?

As I sat in the steam room after half-killing myself at the gym earlier today, contemplating the meaning of life, I noticed that a certain amount of dirt had accumulated on the lateral sides of my – ...
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What's the correct word to refer to a believer of scientism? [duplicate]

Scientism is, roughly speaking, the belief that the only legitimate knowledge is scientific knowledge and all other sources of knowledge - like religion - should be rejected. If it is still unlcear, ...
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Phrase for “changing street side”?

Imagine you're walking on a pedestrian path, you see a shady person coming towards you and you cross the street to continue walking on the other side. In German, there's a short and easily ...
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What is the english phrase for “barang bukti” from Indonesia?

In Indonesia we have a phrase that means "barang bukti" Barang bukti can be literally translated as good evidence Of course this is not a good translation into English. In English good means not bad....
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Meaning of “whip” in a song by The Fold [closed]

My kids watch the "Lego NinjaGo" series and have been asking me about the title song, called "Weekend Whip" by The Fold. As much as I tried looking for the meaning of the word "whip" in the context of ...
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Expression for “unconsciously using words (or accents) used by a person you often talk with or listen to”?

Is there an expression for the blanks in the following situation? You have a friend who isn't from where you're from and speaks in an accent different from yours. At first you feel strange with it, ...
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How we call someone who knows what he wants and he is focused in achieving it [closed]

I am trying to find a word which is used to describe someone, who really knows what he wants and how to achieve it, but more important - He has the idea in mind and its clearly visible that he is ...
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How do you explain an English speaker what Foute Muziek (“Wrong Music”) is?

Foute Muziek (literally translated: "Wrong Music") is a music genre that plays on radios in the Netherlands. Internationally well-known songs that made it to the top-10 (source) include Spice Girls - ...
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Why Third 'Reich'? Why is 'reich' not translated when 'third' is? What is the English synonym of reich?

Why is Nazi-Germany commonly referred to as "The Third Reich" in English? Why is reich not translated when Dritten ("third") is? And what is the English synonym of reich? Realm? Austria (Republik ...
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Formatting English Translation in Foreign Dialogue

This short paragraph of German dialogue needs to be translated into English within a larger work: “Zurück bleiben! Fenster schliessen!” Stay back! Close the window! shouted the man on the roof. ...
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translation of the award name

pls advise if one should translate the award name ? e.g. we have Russian award called REDCOLLEGIA, and in English this word means "the editorial board". Is it correct if I say "they have won "...
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Translate Russian “ненаглядный” to English [closed]

How can you translate the Russian word "ненаглядный" preserving its meaning and semantics? It is usually translated as dear or beloved but these words does not have the original meaning of the Russian ...
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Which verb should be used in front of Twitter?

Updated in responding to some comments When I say I was using my phone to 'read' twitters. Which verb should I use? Is 'reading' a good choice? I was reading twitter this morning and saw a tweet ...
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What is an English equivalent of the Chinese noun 心眼?

Looking for an English equivalent of the Chinese noun 心眼 if there is any, or the best way to describe it. If someones has 心眼, then you can say they are sly. But, what do they have if they are sly? ...
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Is “diversified” really a suitable translation for what Germans call “abwechslungsreich”?

I need a word to describe a meeting or conference or other event which was the opposite of boring due to the variation of activities there.* German language has abwechslungsreich, literally rich-of-...
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How can I say I can't guarantee information I'm about to give is correct?

In German, there's an idiom that goes like "Nagel mich nicht darauf fest" (literally, "don't nail me down on that!") usually followed my some kind of information that is given without complete ...
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A translation for the clair french word? [closed]

What could be the translation for the "clair" word in English? I mean "clair" in the sense decrypted, not clear. (sorry for my bad english)
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“To be” as a state

In Catalan and in Spanish we have two verbs: "ser" and "estar" . Both translate into English as "to be". One of the uses of "estar" is to say that something is in a certain state or place. So, for ...
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What is an informal term for a person who can't do anything right? [closed]

In Russian we have the term "рукожоп". I would translate it as "asshands" which literally means that your hands grow out of your behind and you can't do anything right (or do anything at all). ...
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What is the best English translation for “Mittagsmenü” (German)?

I've been looking around but it seems there is no single word or phrase which translates "Mittagsmenü" - at least not literally. "Mittagsmenü" - as I understand it - is some kind of "special offer". ...
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What is dedjatch?

Reading Rimbaud's letters and biography, I've stumbled upon this sentence: "I will feel that the Dedjatch has robbed me to the tune of 866" I fail to find the meaning of the word in the dictionaries,...
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Is annoying a synonym of boring?

I know boring means uninteresting or dull, and annoying means irritating or bothering, for me they are totally different, so I was surprised to see "bore" being translated as "使厌烦"(which means ...
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Tenses - Differences in meaning of two sentences

I would like to understand the difference between two sentences and ask if they are gramatically correct. 1.) Sam gained weight because he had been overeating. So, he ate much in the past and gained ...
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What do you call it when your unit does physical exercise as punishment because one soldier did something wrong?

I served in the Russian military and we weren't allowed to use our phones when we were on duty. So whenever someone was noticed using their phone, the whole unit had to do push-ups, squats, etc. In ...
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General word for “imaginary bad things”?

In some languages there's a categorical word for all things which are evil and imaginary. For example, Strašidlo in Czech describes ghosts, bogeymen, etc. Is there an equivalent word in English?
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Synonym for “in the blink of an eye”

I am translating from Middle Egyptian to English. For those who are curious, here is the hieroglyphic inscription: However, this is not a question about Middle Egyptian, but rather English. The ...
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What does this sentence means?

Litter adversely affects the environment. Be it littering along the road, on the streets or by the litter bins, toxic materials or chemicals in the litter can be blown or washed into rivers, or ...
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English equivalent of Greek “στο πτυχίο”

I am looking for a translation to the Greek "επι πτυχίω" or "στο πτυχίο". The meaning of the phrase is that an undergraduate student has completed the necessary semesters in order to graduate but ...
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What do you call it when it's the ladies who invite to dance?

is there something called the "American quarter of an hour" meaning that it's a specific part of the evening at a club when it is the ladies who invite the men to dance? I am translating from French ...
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Closest English term for Spanish “merienda”

The Spanish word merienda is often included in lists of untranslatable words. It originally meant the meal you had around noon between breakfast and dinner, as that meal used to be small compared with ...
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Is 'dumb butler' used as a phrase?

I’m Turkish and there is a name for the thing you put your coat on or scarf when you enter a house or office, dilsiz uşak. The thing is translated word for word as ‘dumb butler’. I looked it up in ...
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Word for a person responsible for collecting and paying expenses of a group

When a group of people decide to go Dutch on a trip or a visit to the restaurant, one person may take the responsibility of paying all the expenses for the entire group (usually out of his/her own ...
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What do native English speakers mean by “Russian”?

When you're translating a text containing the word Russian from English to Russian, you must be aware of the context, because it can mean "a citizen of Russia, regardless of ethnicity" (россиянин), or ...
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Equivalent of “teri lal” a Hindi phrase which means “you are right” said sarcastically (but not actually meant) [closed]

There is a saying in Hindi in India "teri lal" which translates "yours is red" which means "Whatever the case may be you are right" as in "you are always right". It is a sarcastic way of telling (...
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Short blurb-style wording for “pizza made at the establishment”

A gastronomic establishment that isn't a pizzeria serves pizza they actually make, as opposed to buying premade pizza and just heating it up. How would they emphasize this fact in a short blurb on ...
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Is “putative” something “good” or “bad”?

I've been trying to give some sense to the translation of a Hindi word but I'm conflicted because of the abundance of synonyms and the meaning in other languages. After translating, cross-referencing ...
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What is the best word for a menu item on a website for a page that shows how to get to the company offices? [closed]

On a company website one usually has a page which tells customers how to get to the company offices. In German, the word for this menu tab is "Anreise" but both standard translations sound odd in ...
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Is there an English expression for the German phrase 'per Knopfdruck'?

I want to describe a use case for an app where the user can easily generate grocery lists from his recipes. The text should be something like: Create grocery lists from your recipe collection *) ...
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What would you call the system that interrupts the water in the toilet?

I am involved in a project to build a system that involves interrupting water flow when it gets to a certain level. This device is similar to what toilets use to fill up the deposit and stop. What ...
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Synonym for “Attention Points”

When writing a presentation in portuguese, my native language, I sometimes include Pontos de Atenção which literally translates to Attention Points. Those are items (points) that one must pay ...
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Is there a popular expression in english to say “pasadomañana” as in spanish?

There is in spanish a word "pasadomañana" to refer to the day after tomorrow, I wonder if maybe there is an popular/informal way to mean the same without say the day after tomorrow
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Is there any synonymous word in English to describe an inoffensive girl? [closed]

In Asian countries, such as China and Korea, populace's aesthetic is quite different from the US. We prefer a girl who is more sweet, pure, and inoffensive, (my translation is not authentic in ...
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What does “beacon of European sophistication” mean in this context? [closed]

Please help me to find the meaning of this context: Argentina, which for many years portrayed itself as a beacon of European sophistication in a continent of New World backwardness,now is a poor ...
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I heard so many translation for “casino royale” Bond movie [closed]

is the name "Casino Royale" correct? or should it probably better "Royale Casino"?
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How would you translate this Spanish saying “Sacar un clavo con otro clavo” to English?

Fellow English Speakers, I've been trying to translate this common saying from Spanish to English: Sacar un clavo con otro clavo. However, I cannot find any translation that satisfies my ...
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Words in a song: “How every mouth sings of what it's without so we all sing of love”

It is from Iron and Wine song "Innocent bones". As a non native English speaker, I struggle to understand the exact meaning. It is thoroughly a grammatical question. Does it mean that, because ...
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Correspondence of French “exercice” and English “year/period” in a specialized, economic sense

In French, we use the term exercice to refer to a period of time between two events. We say exercice fiscal for fiscal year, exercice comptable for accounting period, etc. One of the senses given by ...