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18:47 Aug 1, 2006
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French to English translations [PRO]
Textiles / Clothing / Fashion / Advertisement
French term or phrase: Rien n’empêche pourtant ce petit clin d’œil à
Help with sentence please; I don't how to phrase the first part (I've got the rest..). Thanks

Rien n’empêche pourtant ce petit clin d’œil à une publicité des années 20 avec le célèbre Groom qui illustre cette nouvelle collection de petite maroquinerie.
juliebarba
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:37
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Summary of answers provided
4 +2x feels free to evoke
Paul Hirsh
3 +1But / Yet there's nothing wrong with this little nod to...
Tony M
4At any rate, this allusion to...cannot be avoidedMatthewLaSon
3Unrestricted, with a (sly or knowing) wink
Claire Chapman
3there is nothing wrong with that little allusion to the twenties
swisstell


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11 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
But / Yet there's nothing wrong with this little nod to...


Explanation:
Without what goes before, it's a little difficult to know if that 'pourtant' really does have any translation value or not, or is just padding.

I think in EN we make a 'passing nod to...' rather than a 'wink', though you might well find that some other expression works better, like 'passing allusion to...' etc.

Tony M
France
Local time: 22:37
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 134

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Fiorsam: Why not "wink". It conveys a sort of friendly complicity
1 hr
  -> Thanks, Fiorsam! Personally, I think we use 'wink' rather less in this context in the UK, but maybe I'm wrong...
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12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
there is nothing wrong with that little allusion to the twenties


Explanation:
my take

swisstell
Italy
Local time: 22:37
Works in field
Native speaker of: German
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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
Unrestricted, with a (sly or knowing) wink


Explanation:
or nod

If nothing impedes, or if nothing stops, then it is unrestricted.

A cherry deco peony-print tiered slipdress; a cherry embossed velvet jacket with an ivory blouson cami and black cummberbund pant; a flower corsage-beaded dolman cardigan with a brown gilded wool skirt; a pumpkin vintage velvet cardigan over a nectar gold-embroidered shell with camel gilded wool cuffed trousers; and, **in a sly wink to the flapper era,** a dramatic gold sequin swag shift dress.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05038/453833.stm

A Wink & A Smile: Vintage costume jewelry and accessories for men & women.
http://www.curbside-couture.com/favorite_links.htm

A wanna-be serious magazine for folks with ADHD
Jeff Goldblum's character in "The Big Chill" said that he couldn't write an article longer than the average person could read during a, er, "trip to the library" (**wink, wink, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?).** The writers at Details seems to have the same marching orders. In these hectic times, maybe that's not so bad. The articles I have read are well researched and nicely bite-sized. I actually ...
http://www.very-clever.com/magazines/bestseller-fashion-styl...

**It's a knowing wink** to pop culture or an honest homage to great magazine art directors from the past.
http://www.keepmedia.com/pubs/Folio/2002/08/01/139716?extID=...

Claire Chapman
Local time: 16:37
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 331
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8 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
At any rate, this allusion to...cannot be avoided


Explanation:
Hello,

I wouldn't follow the French word order in this sentence. I'd change the wording around a little.

At any rate, this allusion to...cannot be avoided /helped.

Everthing else goes in between.

I hope this helps.

MatthewLaSon
Local time: 16:37
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 5
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22 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
x feels free to evoke


Explanation:
I would avoid "nothing wrong" as to my ears it sounds like a rebuttal (i.e. as if someone had implied it *was* wrong)

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Note added at 16 hrs (2006-08-02 11:09:55 GMT)
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it is a "why not" or "what's wrong with" type of question turned into a statement. If you can turn it around into "and what's wrong with a little flavour of 20's style advertising?" the wrong wouldn't sound wrong - if u see what i mean

Paul Hirsh
France
Local time: 22:37
Native speaker of: English

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Tony M: Yes, that's why I was wondering if there was some antecedent to it? If not, it IS odd...
3 hrs
  -> Thanks Tony !

agree  Natasha Dupuy
21 hrs
  -> merci !
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