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11:57 Nov 7, 2007
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French to English translations [PRO]
Marketing - Marketing / Market Research
French term or phrase: citadins malins
Marketing document on a new car.

véhicules (pour) citadins malins
John Simpson
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:15
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Summary of answers provided
3 +1city slickers
Expialidocious
3street-wise urbanites
Denise DeVries


Discussion entries: 6





  

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15 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
city slickers


Explanation:
"Clever cityfolk" is the real meaning of "citadins malins," but it just didn't seem to cut it marketing-wise. The author may have chosen "malin" simply because it rhymes with "citadin," and something like "city slicker" definitely has more punch than a literal translation like "clever cityfolk."

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Note added at 16 mins (2007-11-07 12:14:17 GMT)
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A lot will depend on context. (What exactly makes the citadins so malin?)

Expialidocious
France
Local time: 08:15
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PRO pts in category: 4

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  xxxBourth: Certainly gets the assonance, but may not be quite the register
1 min
  -> Agreed. Will depend on the context.
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33 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
street-wise urbanites


Explanation:
another suggestion

Denise DeVries
United States
Local time: 23:15
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