Off topic: Three Symptoms of Translator's Dementia
Thread poster: LegalTranslatr2

LegalTranslatr2  Identity Verified
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Mar 4, 2014

Edited to add: This is Steve Vitek's blog, not mine, since people always seem to assume that the poster is the author.

[Edited at 2014-03-04 03:48 GMT]

Fernando Javier Navarro Manrique

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Must click Mar 4, 2014

Great blog, gave me my first laugh of the day! Thanks for sharing.


Josephine Cassar  Identity Verified
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Grand Mar 4, 2014

How I laughed, good one, thanks, enjoyed it and how! Have a good day


Cetacea  Identity Verified
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Not funny Mar 4, 2014

It is a very well written blog, so yes, thanks for posting the link. But this has been going on for so long that I just can't laugh about it anymore. Maybe I'm suffering from True Translator's Depression...


Sebastian Abbo
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Nice article ! Mar 4, 2014

Humorous and so true. Thanks for sharing !


Tina Vonhof
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True TD Mar 4, 2014

It's funny but I didn't think it has much to do with dementia. Here is a symptom of true DT: you are searching your mind for a certain word and you can come up with the right word in two or three other languages but not in the one you need...

Christine Andersen

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For what it's worth... Sep 25, 2018


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démenti Sep 29, 2018

Considering the symptomatology, the cardinal symptom of amentia (imbecility) is the very idea that modern translation is a self-sufficient profession, not heavily related to journalism, rewriting, transcreation, business, politics, psychology, and others, not just an add-on to the "field" sciences. As our professor used to say:
There's no such thing as "just translation" !

[Edited at 2018-09-29 03:35 GMT]


Elke Fehling  Identity Verified
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TD Sep 29, 2018

Mmmh. The author seems to be affected too. Unfortunately not funny (anymore).

Tom in London

Tom in London
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Dementia Sep 29, 2018

Joking about Dementia isn't funny. You may die of it one day.


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Déformation professionnelle: Take it easy Sep 30, 2018

Tom, everyone shall die of something one day for sure, yet it's more about "professional deformation" or "job distortion", just a bias. As one doctor said: "While the final cause of death is an impaired cardial function (cardiac arrest), it requires many factors to provoke the heart failure... Or a whim of Fate".


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