Re: [Czechlist] TERM: AJ-NJ(CJ) "solvent amalgamation of reconstruction"
- James Kirchner wrote:
> Someone is amalgamating two companies (i.e., merging them) and eitherWith the "or" instead of "of," that makes sense. Good spotting that as
> both companies are financially solvent, or else the new entity is
> solvent after the merger. In other words, the merger can be achieved
> without any outside financing.
a typo. With an "or" the phrase could be decent UK legalese. I was
hasty not to consider the possible typos, too. (The error of "except"
when clearly "unless" or an equivalent phrase was meant still stands as
a sign of xeno-english.) With an "or," the "amalgamation" would be some
kind of merger; and the "solvent" would indicate, as you write, that
afterwards the new entity must be solvent. So the thing ("except this
is for the purpose of *solvent amalgamation of reconstruction") could be
rephrased as something like "unless this be for the purpose of solvent
amalgamation _or_ reconstruction" or "other than for the purpose of an
amalgamation or reconstruction in which the resulting entity is solvent"
or something close.
I'm sure it would be easier to do Chinese to German than Chinese to fake
English to German. Or at least, if the decision to use a "bridge"
language is to be honored, they ought at least to make sure it's a real
bridge, not a rickety thing that would be considered a shambles even by
comparison with the rope bridge in Romancing the Stone. :-)
In my earlier message, I gave a vaguely Shakespearean "except this be
maintained" that today would have to be "unless this be/is maintained."
I went looking, and that exact phrase doesn't appear in Shakespeare. I
had blended -- err, "amalgamated" :-) -- "must be so maintained" with
the numerous instances of "except" in the Bard's works in the sense of
"unless." Real examples from the poet of Avon upon request. :-)
Bottom line, Helgo: treat it as though it says "other than for the
purpose of a merger or reorganization in which the resulting entity is
solvent" and you'll be as safe as the text can let you be.