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12:48 Feb 21, 2008
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Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial - Management / Spanish to English
Spanish term or phrase: skin
The adjective seems to be some recent anglicism in the Spanish language, though used in a slightly different way in Spanish. The full sentance is "Porque hay ascensos que no se dan por no tener un determinado skin". Could it be translated as 'quality' or 'characteristic'?
What do you think? Many thanks
Michael Dorrity
Local time: 03:28

Summary of answers provided
4 +6actitud / personalidad
Ximena Correa
5profile or projection
Remy Arce
4lining/inner lining
Sandra Holt
Kathryn Litherland

Discussion entries: 8



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My best guess is that it is an appropriation of the word "skin" as used recently to describe a covering you put on a device like a cell phone or iPod, or also user-changable appearance of software like media players or even your web browers or google homepage. I've never heard "skin" in this sense applied to a person, but I think "look" captures the idea. It clearly indicates surface or outward appearance, "quality" or "characteristic" seem a little too broad.

Kathryn Litherland
United States
Local time: 22:28
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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actitud / personalidad

"cuestión de piel". Es un dicho usado al explicar una preferencia inexplicable hacia una persona ...es decir, que te llama la atención por personalidad o actitud . Creo que "skin" está intentando explicar algo que tiene que ver con una impresión.
Otra opción para considerar.

Ximena Correa
Local time: 23:28
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Native speaker of: Spanish
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agree  Elizabeth Medina: Agree. Tiene sentido.
14 mins
  -> Gracias Elizabeth

agree  Joss Heywood: they use "no hay feeling" in Argentina in this way for the relationship between people in offices etc
55 mins
  -> That's rigth. We use it in Chile also. Thank you Joss

agree  xxxjacana54
2 hrs
  -> Gracias Lucía

agree  xxxalizestarfir
3 hrs
  -> thank you!

agree  Egmont
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  -> Thank you AVRVM

agree  Marta Macías
12 hrs
  -> Gracias Marta
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profile or projection

It may be helpful to know what the rest of the context is. My first impression was that it was kind of discriminatory (skin color?) Afterwards, it seems to be more like "not having what it takes" to get promoted. This may be your profile or projection

Remy Arce
United States
Local time: 22:28
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Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
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lining/inner lining

Michael, I think Kathryn's on the right track here, they are talking about the "look" of the lift once inside i.e. the walls, floor, ceiling etc. e.g. "revestimiento", somewhere along that line anyhow. You could probably use as you suggest "characteristics".

Sandra Holt
United Kingdom
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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