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Source text in Dutch

In de zeventiende eeuw krijgt de term carnaval in Europa de overhand voor feesten die zich kenmerken door vermommingen, ommegangen, de instelling van een spotheerschappij met een eigen hiërarchie en uitbundig eten en drinken. In de middeleeuwen sprak men van de Vastenavondviering, waarin men nog één keer luidruchtig kon feestvieren met veel spijs en drank om vervolgens vanaf Aswoensdag de Rooms-kat​holieke vastentijd in te gaan als voorbereiding op Pasen. In één van de verklaringen voor het woord carnaval wordt de relatie tussen dit uitbundige feest en de daarop volgende vasten gelegd: carne vale betekent vlees vaarwel. Een andere verklaring voor het woord bestaat uit de veronderstelde afleiding van carrus navalis, een scheepswagen die in de Vastenavondtijd door de straten werd getrokken met aan boord vermomde vierders.

Carnaval in Nederland

Het carnaval is een feest dat vooral in de provincies Limburg en Noord-Brabant drie dagen lang het dagelijks leven in zijn greep heeft. Carnavalsvierders trekken verkleed door de straten en zoeken elkaar op in kroegen en feestzalen. De feestlocaties zijn versierd met maskers en serpentines en de feestmuziek kent zijn eigen carnavalsrepertoire.

Het tijdstip van de viering is afhankelijk van de wisselende datum waarop Pasen jaarlijks gevierd wordt. De zevende zondag voorafgaande aan Paaszondag is carnavalszondag. De vele Prinsen Carnaval nemen op carnavalszaterdag of -zondag voor drie dagen op rituele wijze de macht van de burgerlijke autoriteiten over in dorpen en steden (de machtsoverdracht of sleuteloverdracht) en vieren met hun onderdanen, de carnavalsvierders, de tijdelijke vestiging van hun narrenrijk. Carnavalsvierders verkleden zich in een door hun gewenste uitdossing en nemen in een driedaagse carnavalsroes bezit van de straat en de café’s. Op één van de drie carnavalsdagen trekt de optocht door de straten: de zegetocht van Prins Carnaval. En op carnavalsdinsdag rond middernacht wordt in veel plaatsen in een collectief afsluitingsritueel afscheid genomen van het narrenrijk en zijn Prins. Carnavalsmascottes en symbolen worden dan verbrand, begraven of verdronken. Op Aswoensdag wordt het dagelijkse leven weer opgepakt.

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Entry #21568 — Discuss 0 — Variant: British
Textpertise
Textpertise
United Kingdom
Winner
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Entry3.133.11 (9 ratings)3.14 (7 ratings)
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  • 3 users entered 7 "like" tags
  • 5 users agreed with "likes" (6 total agrees)
carne vale means farewell to meat
Good term selection
but should​ have put ​the terms ​between qu​otes
Sue Stewart-Anderson
+4
1
carnival float in the shape of a ship
Good term selection
philgoddard
merrymakers
Good term selection
Maria Danielson
merrymakers
Good term selection
Maria Danielson
celebrate the temporary establishment of their jesters’ empire along with their subjects, the carnival revellers
Flows well
Sue Stewart-Anderson
wend
Good term selection
Sue Stewart-Anderson
Entry #16780 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Maria Danielson
Maria Danielson
United States
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
192 x45 x21 x1
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Entry3.633.75 (8 ratings)3.50 (6 ratings)
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  • 1 user entered 3 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (3 total agrees)
+1
In the seventeenth century, "carnival" became the term of choice
Good term selection
philgoddard
+1
topsy-turvy social system with its own hierarchy
Good term selection
philgoddard
+1
a movable feast:
Good term selection
philgoddard
Entry #20285 — Discuss 0 — Variant: British
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172 x43 x23 x1
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Entry3.953.90 (10 ratings)4.00 (8 ratings)
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  • 4 users entered 8 "like" tags
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (2 total disagrees)
mock aristocracy
Good term selection
philgoddard
-1
1
One explanation of
Flows well
Finally, t​his person​ avoids th​e Dunglish​ trap of '​one of the​ explanati​ons'
Sue Stewart-Anderson
Carnival is a festival, celebrated primarily in the provinces of Limburg and North Brabant, which takes over daily life for three days.
Flows well
This is th​e first tr​anslation ​that sound​s like it ​might actu​ally have ​been writt​en by a na​tive speak​er. Pretty​ much ever​ything els​e heer is ​100% Dungl​ish.
Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer
The timing depends on the date of Easter, which changes annually
Flows well
Sue Stewart-Anderson
chosen attire
Good term selection
Sue Stewart-Anderson
the parade takes to the streets for the triumphal march
Flows well
Sue Stewart-Anderson
everyday life
Good term selection
Maria Danielson


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The following entries were not selected by peers to advance to finals-round voting.

Entry #19756 — Discuss 0 — Variant: British
keanmachine
keanmachine
Netherlands
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Entry2.832.90 (10 ratings)2.75 (8 ratings)
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  • 3 users entered 7 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (2 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
+1
one last, noisy feast, accompanied by copious amounts of food and drink
Flows well
philgoddard
offers us one explanation f
Flows well
Maria Danielson
-1
a cart in the form of a ship
Good term selection
philgoddard
celebrated mainly in the provinces of
Flows well
Sue Stewart-Anderson
congregate
Flows well
Maria Danielson
+1
usurp
Good term selection
philgoddard
weaves its way through the streets
Flows well
Sue Stewart-Anderson
Entry #18827 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Australian
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Entry2.682.60 (10 ratings)2.75 (8 ratings)
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  • 2 users entered 4 "like" tags
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  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
+1
an abundance of food and drink
Flows well
Sue Stewart-Anderson
+1
‘carne vale’ meaning ‘farewell to meat’
Good term selection
Sue Stewart-Anderson
-1
+1
1
a ship-like cart
Good term selection
philgoddard
Partygoers dress up to parade through the streets and meet in pubs and party halls
Flows well
Sue Stewart-Anderson
Entry #18868 — Discuss 0 — Variant: British
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Entry2.502.50 (10 ratings)2.50 (8 ratings)
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  • 1 user entered 2 "like" tags
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
In the seventeenth century, the word 'carnival' prevailed as a term for festivities marked by masquerades, parades, a focus on mock-hierarchy and excessive eating and drinking.
Flows well
philgoddard
-1
1
boat on wheels
Good term selection
philgoddard
Entry #16861 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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Entry2.442.44 (9 ratings)2.43 (7 ratings)
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  • 1 user entered 2 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
daily life is firmly in the grasp of Carnival
Good term selection
philgoddard
+1
decked out with
Good term selection
philgoddard
Entry #18857 — Discuss 0 — Variant: UK
Barbarika
France
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Entry2.292.36 (11 ratings)2.22 (9 ratings)
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Entry #21539 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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Entry1.751.50 (8 ratings)2.00 (5 ratings)
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Entry #17410 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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Entry1.381.25 (8 ratings)1.50 (6 ratings)
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Entry #17528 — Discuss 0 — Variant: British
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Entry1.001.00 (9 ratings)1.00 (8 ratings)
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