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Help with creating "Unusual New Year Wish"
Thread poster: Oleksiy Markunin

Oleksiy Markunin  Identity Verified
Canada
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Russian to English
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Dec 1, 2011

I need to write a New Year wish but not a usual one. 30-40 words. It should be written with some complex literary words, maybe with some allusions or hidden metaphors, so only real language geeks can comprehend it's meaning at once, and all other people should dwell a minute or two to grasp the real meaning.

Hope it doesn't sound all too gibberish =) Any help will be much appreciated!

P.S. Surely, I do not expect a "ready to use flawless wish" as an answer. Just some hints, idioms or interesting vocabulary units to use =)


 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Credits Dec 1, 2011

are we going to be mentioned as co-authors, in case we do suggest something and thus induce your imagination?

 

Oleksiy Markunin  Identity Verified
Canada
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Russian to English
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Credits Dec 1, 2011

It's not going to be published or mass produced. It's for private use.

 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Personal use Dec 1, 2011

if it's for personal use, then it makes even more sense for you to author it 100% yourself.

The logic says there will be a recipient/addressee of the wish which can be a partner, friend, family member. Personal is personal


 

Oleksiy Markunin  Identity Verified
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Consider say, Dec 1, 2011

the recipients are my colleagues from work.
As I am not the native speaker I just don't know all possible nuances and vocabulary units in the English language.
Just searching for some directions or hints.

Anyway, thanks for your opinion..)


 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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no problem Dec 1, 2011

this is not how I'd go about it, but of course you are entitled to your own ways.

if you think better, you will realize that what you are looking for is a unique original piece of writing, which is never a small (or cheap) task.

Yes, we can play here giving suggestions, but I see some contradiction between "just give me some hints" and " I don't know the nuances of the language"


 

Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Italian to English
Hone your web search skills Dec 1, 2011

Here's something to get you started;
http://www.poemsource.com/new-years-poems.html

http://www.happywink.org/newyearfestival/new-year-symbols.html

[Edited at 2011-12-01 21:29 GMT]


 

Stephanie Ezrol  Identity Verified
United States
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If you compose something it may spark some ideas from native speakers Dec 1, 2011

I think you should try to compose something, or perhaps even a few New Year's wishes/greetings and then post them here. Your idea of what you might want to say may spark some ideas among English speakers. But to help you, we do need something to chew on, so to speak.

 

Barbara Carrara  Identity Verified
Italy
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English to Italian
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Festivities Dec 2, 2011

Buongiorno, Oleksiy!

As a fan of the Blackadder saga (as some of my colleagues already know), if you don't know this already, you may want to watch Blackadder's Christmas Carol available on YouTube at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJX8coNc2J8

OK, it's about Christmas, but what the dickens!


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
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Try management consulting lingo Dec 2, 2011

Here is a brief dictionary:

http://managementconsulted.com/consulting-lingo/management-consulting-lingo-words-and-phrases-that-applicants-and-interviewees-should-read-and-know/


 

matt robinson  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
Santa's little helpers (or subordinate clauses) Dec 2, 2011

We post ideas and you'll log them and present them as yours?

You're a star and deserve a prize for thinking outside the (Christmas) box.

I wonder if there are three men wise enough to help you on this site, though.

I always associate Christmas with fruit. Apples and oranges, nuts, raisins, dates, and of course the Queen's peach.

You can probably find a whole host of old chestnuts on the web, too.







[Edited at 2011-12-02 08:23 GMT]


 

Oleksiy Markunin  Identity Verified
Canada
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Russian to English
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2 Matt Dec 2, 2011

Oh, I knew that. Somebody should have reproached me prior to your post.
Thanks for your compliment =) As I see it, only Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar can help me out then, right? =)

Again, I'm surfing the web looking for ideas. I just thought of asking colleagues here too, that's all..just some fancy words or expressions that come to mind..) I'm not forcing anybody to do anything, you know. What happened to good holiday spirit and mutual help? =))

2 Nicole and Barbara,

thanks for your input!


 

rikka  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to Russian
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Hogmanay Dec 2, 2011

this might be too local, but maybe you could have a look at Hogmanay, the Scottish celebration of the last day of the year. There are/were some amusing customs to go with it, eg.

"- Institutions also had their own traditions. For example, amongst the Scottish regiments, the officers had to wait on the men at special dinners while at the bells, the Old Year is piped out of barrack gates. The sentry then challenges the new escort outside the gates: 'Who goes there?' The answer is 'The New Year, all's well."

- or "burning the clavie" (must admit i`ve never witnessed it, but the Hogmanay in Edinburgh is quite an event, whisky and lots of fireworks)

oh yes, and of course the Auld Lang Syne:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne* ?

English translation on wiki
Good luck!


[Edited at 2011-12-02 12:39 GMT]


 

Oleksiy Markunin  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Dec 2, 2011

rikka wrote:

Hogmanay

oh yes, and of course the Auld Lang Syne:



Oh, yes, Robert Burns! Thank you so much.

Hogmanay is interesting, never heard of this one.


 

Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
United States
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Very good Dec 2, 2011

matt robinson wrote:

We post ideas and you'll log them and present them as yours?

You're a star and deserve a prize for thinking outside the (Christmas) box.

I wonder if there are three men wise enough to help you on this site, though.

I always associate Christmas with fruit. Apples and oranges, nuts, raisins, dates, and of course the Queen's peach.

You can probably find a whole host of old chestnuts on the web, too.



[Edited at 2011-12-02 08:23 GMT]


Very nice collection of puns and idioms.
Katalin


 
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