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urbeit adelt

English translation: Work dignifies

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02:26 Sep 18, 2002
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
German term or phrase: urbeit adelt
German
K Rogers
English translation:Work dignifies
Explanation:
... which is a translation offered before, I know, but I\'d like to add that its not a \"neutral\" saying in Germany as it was used by the Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Work Service) in Germany during the Third Reich. Accordingly, it has a Nazi \"touch\" like many other things (e.g. Arbeit macht frei). Maybe that\'s important in context.
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Sibyl Marquardt
Italy
Local time: 02:31
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4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



Summary of answers provided
5 +7Work ennobles
Mats Wiman
5there is nobility in labourSerge L
4elbow grease gives the best polish
Henk Peelen
4Work dignifiesSibyl Marquardt
4work dignifies
Kim Metzger


  

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22 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
work dignifies


Explanation:
The German should be Arbeit edelt. I think my translation comes close to the intended meaning. Arbeit = work, edeln = to make noble

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Note added at 2002-09-18 02:56:36 (GMT)
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Actually half of your phrase was correct: Arbeit adelt. But adelt and edelt mean the same thing = to make noble.

Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 19:31
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 21618

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Mats Wiman: I beleiv it is 'adelt'. See below
6 mins

agree  Gillian Scheibelein: prefer dignifies to ennobles
4 hrs
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32 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +7
Work ennobles


Explanation:
Arbeit adelt = Work ennobles, Work elevates, Work dignifies


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Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 02:31
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 1498

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  kostan
2 hrs

agree  Nancy Arrowsmith
3 hrs

agree  Jutta Amri
3 hrs

agree  LegalTrans D
3 hrs

agree  Olav Rixen
4 hrs

agree  Steffen Walter
7 hrs

agree  Melissa Field
9 hrs
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3 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
there is nobility in labour


Explanation:
another option...

the saying means that work is no disgrace

HTH,

Serge L.


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Serge L
Local time: 02:31
PRO pts in pair: 282
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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Work dignifies


Explanation:
... which is a translation offered before, I know, but I\'d like to add that its not a \"neutral\" saying in Germany as it was used by the Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Work Service) in Germany during the Third Reich. Accordingly, it has a Nazi \"touch\" like many other things (e.g. Arbeit macht frei). Maybe that\'s important in context.



    Reference: http://www.skalman.nu/third-reich/rad.htm
Sibyl Marquardt
Italy
Local time: 02:31
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 24
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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
elbow grease gives the best polish


Explanation:
a more relaxed saying

or:
work is no disgrace
there is nobility in labour

Henk Peelen
Netherlands
Local time: 02:31
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch
PRO pts in pair: 16
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