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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Nov 29, 2011

I have to admit tagline envy. I've seen some rather clever taglines here on ProZ that make me wish I'd said that first. My favorite was one I saw years ago as a new member: "The word is my oyster."

Some others: "Accurate / Fast / Cheap -- Pick Two."
"Typos leap out at me." (Hmmm... maybe I could get away with snatching this one and revising it: "Typos leep out at me".....?)
"Words matter."
"Language is the dress of thought ..."


Of course, some worry me:
"I'm careful."
"Grandiose, Experienced Proofreader."
"Away with words."
"Doing things to words."
"Natives Do It Twice."
"Full-fledged."
"Swimming in the fields of words....."


My own: "Fussy editing for fussy people."

What's yours?


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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My latest Nov 29, 2011

Suzan Hamer wrote:

I have to admit tagline envy. I've seen some rather clever taglines here on ProZ that make me wish I'd said that first. My favorite was one I saw years ago as a new member: "The word is my oyster."

Some others: "Accurate / Fast / Cheap -- Pick Two."
"Typos leap out at me." (Hmmm... maybe I could get away with snatching this one and revising it: "Typos leep out at me".....?)
"Words matter."
"Language is the dress of thought ..."


Of course, some worry me:
"I'm careful."
"Grandiose, Experienced Proofreader."
"Away with words."
"Doing things to words."
"Natives Do It Twice."
"Full-fledged."
"Swimming in the fields of words....."


My own: "Fussy editing for fussy people."

What's yours?


My latest effort is "WYSIWYG"...


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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My envy grows. Nov 29, 2011

neilmac wrote:


My latest effort is "WYSIWYG"...


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Theo Bernards  Identity Verified
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Mine is a bit longer Nov 29, 2011

but: Translation – So much more than substituting language A with language B

My clients seem to like it .


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NancyLynn
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Very funny! Nov 29, 2011

Suzan, just this morning (before seeing this thread!) I was thinking of the fast-cheap-accurate tagline. The owner sure got a lot of mileage out of this one in terms of forum discussions (try a search of the archives...)

I've stuck with my original, Canada's Official Languages. Maybe I should dress it up a it, inject a little humour; but from what I read on the net and in the press, Canadians are not known for their thigh-slappers. I understand we're viewed as a staid and boring bunch, so perhaps I'll leave well enough alone



[Edited at 2011-11-29 13:43 GMT]

[Edited at 2011-11-29 13:44 GMT]


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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I do too. Nov 29, 2011

Theo Bernards wrote:

but: Translation – So much more than substituting language A with language B

My clients seem to like it .


Another one I wish I'd thought of first.....


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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What am I missing? Nov 29, 2011

NancyLynn wrote:

Suzan, just this morning (before seeing this thread!) I was thinking of the fast-cheap-accurate tagline. The owner sure got a lot of mileage out of this one in terms of forum discussions (try a search of the archives...)
Which one?

I've stuck with my original, Canada's Official Languages. Maybe I should dress it up a it, inject a little humour; but from what I read on the net and in the press, Canadians are not known for their thigh-slappers. I understand we're viewed as a staid and boring bunch, so perhaps I'll leave well enough alone



Jim Carrey and Mike Meyers staid???


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Mailand  Identity Verified
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Never even thought of it .... Nov 29, 2011

Omigod, shoot .... I never even thought of having a tagline, I´m really out of it - now I have to have one! But if all the good ones are already taken - and in which language should it be?

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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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That's the hard part. Nov 29, 2011

Mailand wrote:

Omigod, shoot .... I never even thought of having a tagline, I´m really out of it - now I have to have one! But if all the good ones are already taken - and in which language should it be?



Thinking of a really clever, eye-catching, client-grabbing one.


As for which language, this might help:

"If I am selling to you, I speak your language. If I am buying, dan mussen sie deutsch sprechen."
(Willy Brandt, former German Chancellor)

The only problem is you are limited to 40 characters. That only adds to the challenge.


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Mailand  Identity Verified
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You got me hooked Nov 29, 2011

Thanks for the hint!
Yes, I caught the tagline bug ....
First I have to finish a job to be delivered by tonight, then nothing will stop me


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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Have recently changed my tagline.... Nov 29, 2011

I've recently changed my tagline after many hours/days/weeks careful consideration. I've finally settled on

The enigma of language, deciphered.

I guess you'd have to know your World War 2 history to get the underlying reference.

It was sure better than my last tagline which I've had since joining which was rather un-imaginatively "Hebrew-English translator". So it's a step up I think.

Another one I saw a while ago which I quite liked was:

If I'm not online, I'm probably dead

And if anyone out there has read "The Prosperous Translator" they briefly discuss this with someone taking offence with one translator's tagline:

Fast, professional and cute

...(page 102) .....which I found quite hilarious. I'm always on the lookout for new taglines that make me chuckle.

...and I'm always envious of good ones too. Gonna stick with the one I got though for now before I give myself an aneurysm.


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Kemal Mustajbegovic  Identity Verified
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And I've always thought... Nov 29, 2011

...who would pay attention to the taglines. Suzan, you're a champ!

Mine is from last millennium (and previous life, for that matter) and it's still my credo (whatever I do) not just a tagline for a web profile.


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I love this topic Nov 29, 2011

Years ago while working in a staid (not really, NancyLynn) Canadian library, I added this to my name tag:

Linda is the name: information the game.


If we were voting, my vote would go to: Fast, professional and cute


Best wishes to ALL

lindaellen


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Good ones, Ty. Nov 29, 2011

Ty Kendall wrote:

I've recently changed my tagline after many hours/days/weeks careful consideration. I've finally settled on

The enigma of language, deciphered.

I guess you'd have to know your World War 2 history to get the underlying reference.

It was sure better than my last tagline which I've had since joining which was rather un-imaginatively "Hebrew-English translator". So it's a step up I think.

Another one I saw a while ago which I quite liked was:

If I'm not online, I'm probably dead

And if anyone out there has read "The Prosperous Translator" they briefly discuss this with someone taking offence with one translator's tagline:

Fast, professional and cute

...(page 102) .....which I found quite hilarious. I'm always on the lookout for new taglines that make me chuckle.

...and I'm always envious of good ones too. Gonna stick with the one I got though for now before I give myself an aneurysm.


How I wish I had used Fast, professional and cute.... but I guess it would not have been truth in advertising, since I am none of those things, except professional (and fast in the sense of quick-witted, but that only sometimes and in the proper company...) On the other hand, I could have used If I'm not online, I'm probably dead with no qualms.... had I thought of it first.

And now a little quibble about yours (which I get only because of the BBC, and is brilliant Ty), The enigma of language, deciphered. I know you want the comma there to provide the appropriate pause before the "punchline".... however, I myself would delete it. Although as I post this I am sitting here like Oscar Wilde: "I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again".

And this may hijack the whole thread into a discussion about commas.

In case anyone is wondering why I have so much time to post today--I'm editing a short but nasty little text that I just cannot apply myself to.

[Edited at 2011-11-29 15:42 GMT]


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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Comma concern Nov 29, 2011

I have to admit, the comma is causing me great concern. I am tussling with the idea of removing it, but just when I've become determined to remove it, I have second thoughts and leave it. Grrrr

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