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Handzeichen

English translation: to initial

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German term or phrase:Handzeichen (Unterschrift)
English translation:to initial
Entered by: Ruth Wiedekind
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09:37 Jul 31, 2004
German to English translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial - Transport / Transportation / Shipping
German term or phrase: Handzeichen
this refers to signing a document with an "abbreviated signature";
I am not sure if "to initial" means the same (i.e. signing by e.g. the first three characters of one's last name), or if the short form of signing a document (showing approval) in English speaking countries is different from the German

Kontext:
Unterschriftsberechtigt
rechts unterzeichnend
Sachbearbeiter des Einkaufs
Prototypenbau
(Handzeichen)
Ruth Wiedekind
Germany
Local time: 09:12
initial
Explanation:
The authorized signatory signs only when the dealing clerk has initialled the paper, which implies that the paper has been vetted and is ready for final signature.

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Note added at 22 hrs 33 mins (2004-08-01 08:11:47 GMT)
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That is just the point. It was just said that initial need not be the first three alphabets such as \'wie\'. Nor does it mean they should not be. In other words, I might have chosen NRA as my initial. There is no hard and fast rule. It is the choice of the person concerned. You use the three alphabets in your second name, whereas I use the first alphabets of my first and second names, namely NR. But one thing is clear. All these combinations are known under the name \'initial\'.
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Narasimhan Raghavan
Local time: 12:42
Grading comment
"Initial" first sounded a bit misleading to me ... Thank you for the explanations!
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initial


Explanation:
The authorized signatory signs only when the dealing clerk has initialled the paper, which implies that the paper has been vetted and is ready for final signature.

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Note added at 22 hrs 33 mins (2004-08-01 08:11:47 GMT)
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That is just the point. It was just said that initial need not be the first three alphabets such as \'wie\'. Nor does it mean they should not be. In other words, I might have chosen NRA as my initial. There is no hard and fast rule. It is the choice of the person concerned. You use the three alphabets in your second name, whereas I use the first alphabets of my first and second names, namely NR. But one thing is clear. All these combinations are known under the name \'initial\'.

Narasimhan Raghavan
Local time: 12:42
Native speaker of: Tamil
PRO pts in category: 6
Grading comment
"Initial" first sounded a bit misleading to me ... Thank you for the explanations!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Anna Bittner
2 mins
  -> Thanks Anna

agree  Kevin Pfeiffer: (Which, as you mention, is not necessarily the same as "the first three letters of your family name")
4 mins
  -> Yes. For example, I sign as N.Raghavan and initial as NR. Thanks Kevin.

agree  Alexander Schleber: Yes
14 mins
  -> Thanks Alexander

agree  Ingrid Blank
41 mins
  -> Thanks Ingrid

agree  Harald Moelzer (medical-translator)
1 hr
  -> Thanks Harald

agree  gangels
3 hrs
  -> Thanks Klaus

agree  Stefanie Sendelbach
4 hrs
  -> Thanks Sundari

agree  Sabine Griebler
4 hrs
  -> Thanks Griebler

agree  roneill
8 hrs
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agree  Christine Lam
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  -> Thanks Christine
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