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Re: [Czechlist] Re: IDIOM: "nutne' zlo"

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  • Matej Klimes
    Thanks Jamie and Melvyn, I ll take your word for it then.. M ... From: melvyn.geo To: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2007 4:53 PM
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      Thanks Jamie and Melvyn, I'll take your word for it then..


      M


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: melvyn.geo
      To: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2007 4:53 PM
      Subject: [Czechlist] Re: IDIOM: "nutne' zlo"


      --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "Matej Klimes" <mklimes@...> wrote:

      >
      > I think that makes it slightly more evil than the Czech version
      (actually, just the word evil does) - in Czech, at least as I
      understand it, and especially in the context I was talking about, it
      just means "it's something I'm not excited about, but have to do
      it/have it..."

      "Evil" is normally used in a figurative sense here - it does not by
      any means have to be taken literally.

      For example, on the way back home from Trebon today we had a choice
      between a rock and a hard place (or the devil and the deep blue sea),
      i.e. Prague or the windy roads through the Brdy Highlands. So we chose
      the lesser of two evils and still cannot walk straight...I guess it
      was "a necessary evil".

      >
      > Not sure that "necessary evil" in that heading will look good in a
      technical document, isn't there something less strong?

      Sounds fine. Trust me. :-)

      M.





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