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Poll: Which of these words is part of your profile tagline?
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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:00
Spanish to English
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None of the above Oct 29, 2007

Most of the words on the list are very subjective. I decided to be more specific: "Trados user. Three ATA certifications."

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Aline Canino  Identity Verified
France
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Chinese to French
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Words Oct 29, 2007

My tagline is "the passion for words" because this is one of the main facts which led me to translation.

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Salam Alrawi  Identity Verified
United States
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Ronaldinio Goal Oct 29, 2007

Mine is:

"My translation is like a Ronaldinio goal"

He really has nice goals, but I love France soccer team!

Regards,
Salam


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María Eugenia Wachtendorff  Identity Verified
Chile
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Experience Oct 29, 2007

I voted "Specialist" because that's what my tagline is about: "30+ Years Business, Legal & Psychology."

IMHO, with such a small number of characters available, you have to choose a phrase that summarizes your expertise and, on the other hand, quality, reliability, and promptness are for clients to judge by themselves.

Imagine an airline advertising itself as "reliable and always on time"! That's was everybody expects, isn't it?


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Patricia Rosas  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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it reminds me a bit of a personals ads ... Oct 29, 2007

María Eugenia Wachtendorff wrote:

Imagine an airline advertising itself as "reliable and always on time"! That's what everybody expects, isn't it?


Taglines with "prompt" and "reliable" remind me of the dating personals in the classified papers, where everyone is beautiful, charming, and "financially stable."

I opted for something very specific, "Servicios para autores académicos" -- "services for academic authors".

But perhaps it's too specific ... now I'm going to be worrying about that!

Oh, darn...



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Andres & Leticia Enjuto  Identity Verified
Argentina
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Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Not very original, but.... Oct 29, 2007

This is what we do: "Oil&Gas, Petroleum, Engineering, Medical".

And yes, there's little room for more, right?


Andrés & Leticia


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
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Prompt Oct 30, 2007

Mine said: "35 years of border experience and fast".

Time flies, so I just changed it to: "36 years of border experience and fast".

Not fast enough in updating my tagline, but yes, I still get the work out without delay. But I can't always get across the border as fast as I would like any more.


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Member (2003)
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Words Oct 30, 2007

"Words are the wise man's counters and the fool's money," as my mother inscribed in the first dictionary that was mine personally, as opposed to general family property, some 40 years ago!

My tagline is:
"I look at the message, not just the words"

So many times, I have found clients are actually pleased when I explain why I have not translated a sentence word for word as they would have expected.

I'm not fast, and translators from Scandinavia are not cheap in the eyes of the rest of the world, though we don't spin gold in local terms.

So I had to think of something else. It wasn't difficult!



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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
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The proof is in the pudding Oct 30, 2007

I thought of writing, “Practically perfect in every way”, because it showed how thorough someone can be. Alas, MP had used it years ago, so I changed my mind.

Then “I’ll be back” occurred to me, because it showed how reliable someone can be but that one had already been used too (and by a foreigner at that!).

So, finally I opted for “Thorough and Reliable” because - as odd and sad as it may seem to some - those aren’t qualities that are emphasized by every translator. If they were, I’m sure I wouldn’t have the avalanche of work I have, and although they may seem subjective at first, as they say, “The proof is in the pudding”.


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Williamson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Flemish to English
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The World on Time Oct 30, 2007

María Eugenia Wachtendorff wrote:

I voted "Specialist" because that's what my tagline is about: "30+ Years Business, Legal & Psychology."

IMHO, with such a small number of characters available, you have to choose a phrase that summarizes your expertise and, on the other hand, quality, reliability, and promptness are for clients to judge by themselves.

Imagine an airline advertising itself as "reliable and always on time"! That's was everybody expects, isn't it?


One of the biggest airlines in number of airplanes did use the tag :The World on Time.


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Colin Ryan  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:00
Italian to English
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Quality. (Twice!) Oct 30, 2007

When I saw this poll, I immediately assumed that I, being incredibly erudite and intelligent as I am, I wouldn't have used any of those "obvious" words.

And so I prepared to click on "None of the above".

Except then I remembered that I'd used "Quality."

Worse... I'd used the word "quality" TWICE in my tagline...

(Click on me and have a look, if you're curious.)

Now I feel really predictable...


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