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UK/US distinction in terminology
Thread poster: Alayna Keller
Alayna Keller
Local time: 20:27
Spanish to English
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Jan 26, 2009

Here in Spain most translations -in fact, 90%- for domestic or EU consumption come asking for British English, please. One tries, one really does, but one is not English, and sometimes one slips up. Case in point: Translating a Spanish law into English. I've always blithely translated "artículo" as "article". A colleague has just called my attention to the fact that English laws tend to use "section" instead of "article." I've just scanned a couple of things (like the Data Protection Act), and she appears to be absolutely right. However, I've found a couple of references to articles at web sites with UK and Australian domain names. Have I been committing unpardonable howlers for years?

[Edited at 2009-01-28 10:14 GMT]

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Sushan Harshe
Local time: 23:57
English to Hindi
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"article". AND "section" Feb 1, 2009

In legal process, Term article stands for provisions made for a subject condition. A specific law or number of laws created refers to this article; also it is called provision. Section is part of concerned law where number of possible situations are categorized.

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