Off topic: I have a suspicion my source text is quite 'fuzzy' in its meaning
Thread poster: Kristian Madar

Kristian Madar  Identity Verified
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Jun 4, 2013

I have come across this sentence in my source text:

'Do not put fragile goods around you when watching 3D TV, this may result in personal injury while you shake when watching terrible programme.'

The rest of the text seems to be fine, but I am not quite getting this sentence. Did they want to say that whilst watching a terrifying content on TV using the 3D glasses there is a risk that you might knock down surrounding fragile objects because you can get startled ?????

I hope so, or otherwise I am getting to old and tired to translate at this late ungodly hour. Meh...

Thanks for any advice.

This sentence is sooooo funny. Does anybody else think so?


[Edited at 2013-06-04 23:40 GMT]


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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My experience Jun 5, 2013

When I saw my first 3D movie at an IMAX theater, the experience was overwhelming. The picture seems to end right in front of your chest, and I was not the only one in the theater who tried to grab things and to reach into the picture - it's a reflex. People also threw up their arms in defense during scary scenes, for example when an airplane seems to fly right into your face. If I would have sat on the sofa in my living room, I certainly would have knocked over any glass or cup in front of me on the table.

That's how I understand this scenario.


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Sarai Pahla (MD) MBChB
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Yes Jun 5, 2013

Kristian Madar wrote:
This sentence is sooooo funny. Does anybody else think so?


Hilarious - and not written by a native speaker. I am definitely with Nicole on this one in terms of meaning, although having played 3D computer games, I appreciate the level of immersion.


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OlivierParrot  Identity Verified
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Let's all just stop watching terrible programs Jun 5, 2013

Funny, I translated a very similar sentence a few months ago from English to French, almost the same wording
The English had been (er... poorly) translated from Chinese. The client provided me the original Chinese text and yep, it was something along the lines of "Don't put that fragile vase on your lap when watching horror films".


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Hmmm. Maybe along the lines of dog-shaming photos Jun 5, 2013

OlivierParrot wrote:

Funny, I translated a very similar sentence a few months ago from English to French, almost the same wording
The English had been (er... poorly) translated from Chinese. The client provided me the original Chinese text and yep, it was something along the lines of "Don't put that fragile vase on your lap when watching horror films".


...someone will start a "I was watching a terrible 3D program" photos site? You know, a photo of a sofa surrounded by the smithereens of a fragile vase and scattered popcorn?(http://www.dogshaming.com/)

[Edited at 2013-06-05 09:04 GMT]

Edited to add hyphen....

[Edited at 2013-06-05 13:50 GMT]


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Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
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Part of our fate these days Jun 5, 2013

Unfortunately, even professional clients submit awful English for translation these days. That doesn't make it right, of course.

I agree with Nicole's interpretation. 'Terrible' should be 'terrifying' and 'you shake' is about right in meaning but simply too colloquial. It still doesn't make complete sense, though, as not only fragile objects can hurt you when you hit them in an impulsive reaction.

[Edited at 2013-06-05 10:56 GMT]


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Michael Barnett
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Humour? Jun 5, 2013

I agree with your interpretation - "terrible" should be "terrifying".

What is less clear is the register of the sentence. Is the message to be taken literally or is this a metaphorical allusion to emphasize the realism of the 3-D system?

Michael


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Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
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Don't know about all of you but... Jun 5, 2013

... I certainly always make sure to arrange my most fragile possessions around me before settling down to watch the latest episode of The Walking Dead.

I doubt I will ever buy a 3D TV (don't like them), but if I do I will resist surrounding myself with my Ming vase collection lest they fall victim to the St. Vitus' Dance brought on by this particular viewing experience.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Terrible Jun 5, 2013

Michael Barnett wrote:

I agree with your interpretation - "terrible" should be "terrifying".

What is less clear is the register of the sentence. Is the message to be taken literally or is this a metaphorical allusion to emphasize the realism of the 3-D system?

Michael



Imagine daytime TV, infomercials and game shows in 3D. The horror!!



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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Ha Jun 6, 2013

Nicole Schnell wrote:

Michael Barnett wrote:

I agree with your interpretation - "terrible" should be "terrifying".

What is less clear is the register of the sentence. Is the message to be taken literally or is this a metaphorical allusion to emphasize the realism of the 3-D system?

Michael



Imagine daytime TV, infomercials and game shows in 3D. The horror!!



I'm still waiting for smell-o-vision


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