Waxing lyrical - Arty English or IAE
Thread poster: neilmac

neilmac  Identity Verified
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Aug 1, 2013

It seems that the the language used by art galleries, critics and catalogues now has an "official" name: "International Art English" or IAE, according to this article.


Perhaps a sort of "pseuds' corner" feature with some of the most cringeworthy translations in the arts area would be a fun addition to the proz site?

The original article can be perused here:

[Edited at 2013-08-01 16:21 GMT]

Sorry folks, unless it's my PC, the article seems to be no longer available through the canopy link.

[Edited at 2013-08-01 16:29 GMT]


Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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This cartoon came to mind... Aug 1, 2013

...when I saw the topic heading.


--“It’s a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I believe you’ll be amused by its presumption.”—James Thurber


Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
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IAE, and its cousins ITBE and IArchE Aug 2, 2013

Thanks for allowing us to focus on this, Neil, even if it may give us indigestion. As a veteran of museum website translation and the like, I might also recommend those wishing for the opportunity to wax lyrical to head for ITBE (International Tourist Brochure English) or its website equivalent, and IArchE (International Architects' English) as found in project descriptions.

And just yesterday someone was trying to persuade me to bring my price down for an ITBE text because the style was descriptive and not technical. Ha!

And thanks to Jack for reminding me of the Thurber, although it also reminded me of an unhappy encounter with a major player in Spanish wineries who rejected my translation on the grounds that I was evidently not a native speaker - I clearly hadn't waxed nearly lyrical enough for them. But that's another story...

Edited to say that I am all in favour of Proz's very own pseuds corner.

[Edited at 2013-08-02 18:21 GMT] Oh, and no problem with the link to triple canopy - just keep pressing on the plus sign to read.

[Edited at 2013-08-02 18:22 GMT]


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