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Arabic translation: شيء عديم الفائدة

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English term or phrase:white elephant
Arabic translation:شيء عديم الفائدة
Entered by: Amer al-Azem
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02:17 Aug 9, 2002
English to Arabic translations [PRO]
Government / Politics / Politics
English term or phrase: white elephant
white elephant - something that is of little use or profit, especially something that is maintained at great expense. Some in Britain argue that the Falkland Islands, which Britain retained possession of after a war with Argentina in 1982, are a white elephant, because they cost a huge amount of money to defend, and yet they are very small and have only a tiny population.
Amer al-Azem
Local time: 19:55
شيء أو أمر عديم القيمة
Explanation:
white elephant: Something that is more trouble than it is worth. this term is usually translated as:
شيء عديم القيمة

another meaning which doesn't apply here is:
ملك مكلف

White elephants were regarded as holy in ancient times in Thailand and other Asian countries. To keep a white elephant was a very expensive task, since you had to provide the elephant with special food, and provide access for people who wanted to come and worship it. If a Thai King became, for some reason, dissatisfied with a sub-king, he would give him a white elephant. The gift would, in most cases, ruin the recipient.


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Note added at 2002-08-09 22:29:59 (GMT) Post-grading
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it is Raghad, not Raghda! there is a big difference between them ya Amer!!
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Raghad
Local time: 19:55
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I liked your explanation and definition, Raghda!
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شيء أو أمر عديم القيمة


Explanation:
white elephant: Something that is more trouble than it is worth. this term is usually translated as:
شيء عديم القيمة

another meaning which doesn't apply here is:
ملك مكلف

White elephants were regarded as holy in ancient times in Thailand and other Asian countries. To keep a white elephant was a very expensive task, since you had to provide the elephant with special food, and provide access for people who wanted to come and worship it. If a Thai King became, for some reason, dissatisfied with a sub-king, he would give him a white elephant. The gift would, in most cases, ruin the recipient.


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Note added at 2002-08-09 22:29:59 (GMT) Post-grading
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it is Raghad, not Raghda! there is a big difference between them ya Amer!!

Raghad
Local time: 19:55
PRO pts in category: 8
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I liked your explanation and definition, Raghda!
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