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Re[2]: [Czechlist] Lichozrouti and other odd-things revisited

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  • Matej Klimes
    Thanks again Jamie (and others who chipped in earlier too), I m the last one to try to stick to the original down to the last word and obvioulsly my ENG isn t
    Message 1 of 10 , Aug 22, 2011
      Thanks again Jamie (and others who chipped in earlier too),

      I'm the last one to try to stick to the original down to the last word
      and obvioulsly my ENG isn't native, I'm just trying to find a
      compromise between Czenglish/weird English and good but boring/not as
      amusing basic English..

      And the text is a rough draft for financing purposes only (mostly for
      Brussels and other non English environments at this time), I wouldn't
      rely on my English to provide the final product for the

      As I said there's quite a bit of taxonomy/weird little world going on,
      not unlike the original Hobbit book, probably, which, as far as I can
      tell, is fairly original and liberal as far as language/usage is
      concerned (not that I'd aspire to being the next Tolkien or anyhting..)

      Anyway, thanks for all comments, suggestions and brain storms again

      ------ Original Message ------
      From: "James Kirchner" <jpklists@...>
      To: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: 17.8.2011 15:55:33
      Subject: Re: [Czechlist] Lichozrouti and other odd-things revisited
      >On Aug 17, 2011, at 1:52 AM, Matej Klimes wrote:
      >> Lichace (licha'c^e) are the odd-socks,
      >You can call these "odd socks". "Odd" is just a problem in "odd-sock
      >eaters", not in "odd socks". I think it's because in the former it's
      >unclear (even with a hyphen) what "odd" refers to or means,
      >particularly when the sock eater is already called "the sock eater".
      >With the other stuff, you're probably going to have to give up all
      >attempts to translate "licho" and just deal with attributes of socks
      >that kids think are funny -- such as the bad smell of the socks.
      >> Licholapace (lapac^e) are contraptions that search for (not unlike
      >> metal detectors, by the sound of it) and catch lichozrouti...
      >> sock-odd-arrestor, sock-o-catcher??
      >sock-eater-sniffer (This plays on kids' jokes about sniffing other
      >people's sweaty socks. And we often call any kind of detector a
      >You could play with it and give it something that sounds like a
      >technical brand name, such as "the Sock-O-Sniff-O-Matic", even
      >"Sock-O-Sniff-O-Eat-O-Matic". This style of giving contraptions
      >ridiculous technical names is common in American cartoons. And, again,
      >it plays on kids' jokes about sock sniffing. It's as good as a fart
      >joke, but the parents won't object to it.
      >> Lichopasti are traps with socks in them left to catch lichozrouti
      >> (odd-traps, sock-o-traps?? apparently, odd-traps term is used for
      >> sort of computer virus/worm??)
      >How about just "trap"? Or, again, you can use something like
      >"sock-eater-snapper" or "sock-eater-snatcher". You could also devise a
      >ridiculous technical name for this one.
      >> In view of this - and of the individual sentences that involve lichy
      >> this and lichy that - I'm leaning toward 'odd-sock eaters'... hoping
      >> that the taxonomy will become apparent to the reader/viewer after a
      >> while, plus it could be explained on the cover, possibly even at the
      >> beginning of the movie as someone said...
      >As I said, the more you have to explain things, the more impact you
      >lose, and the more the thing goes "thud". This movie has to be
      >culturally adapted, and transferring cute things from the Czech
      >language into English where they're not cute or familiar will deaden
      >the impact.
      >> Wonder if anyone could give me more native insight into the concept
      >> 'lichy'.... and whether there are any other possibilities that could
      >> used in some of the terms above instead of 'odd'... (to avoid the
      >> 'weird' connotation)
      >I think it should just be dropped, because, as you can see, it doesn't
      >transfer well. To get similar fun, you might have to replace the whole
      >"lichy" thing with a concept that anglophone kids find amusing, such
      >as the tendency of socks to smell, the disgusting feeling of having a
      >sock in your mouth, etc.
      >> skrznaskrzsrane (Skrznaskrzsraně! , srznaskrzsran^e) ... as a
      >> expletive....; it doesn't really mean anything in Czech,
      >> is 'through and through', a sort of old fashioned thing a pirate or
      >> sailor might say for 'completely'.. and the ending tacked onto it
      >> at 'srat' 'nasrane' 'posrane' - I don't have to explain those.. -
      >> only very slightly, it's all child-safe, sort of, yet quite
      >> ... any ideas?... something to do with clothes/fabrics' properties,
      >> perhaps.
      >It might be child safe with the "prosrane", "nasrane" connotations in
      >English, but it won't be parent safe. You may have to go with
      >cowboy-sounding expletives, like "dag-nabbit", "goll danged",
      >"dad-blamed", etc., but be sure you use them in the right places
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