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A plurilingual question - how do you say computerese in your native language?
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Vito Smolej
Germany
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Jul 30, 2007

First of all, I apologize for not asking a KudoZ question, but I would appreciate as many different pairs as possible, and theres nothing like a plurilingual corner on KudoZ.

Whats the reason for this question?

It just came up in one of Slovenian fori (slovlit) and my suggestion (računalščina) got ... well not flamed, but somewhere between toasted and cooked hard by a professional guardian of my mother language. H went on a tangent and eventually did not provide any alternative answer - the expression just does not exist on their books, so theres no problem - damnatio ignorantiae.

I would just like to get back at him with some juicy, good ideas from elsewhere. Thanks a lot in advance and have fun.

Vito


 

Henk Peelen  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Dutch Jul 30, 2007

computerlatijn = computer Latin
computerjargon = computer jargon
computeriaans = computerian


 

Paulo César Mendes MD, CT  Identity Verified
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Portuguese Jul 30, 2007

Informatiquês = Informaticalese

Derived from 'informática' (informatics).


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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German Jul 30, 2007

Depending on purpose and readership:

Computerfachsprache
Computerfachjargon
Computerdeutsch
Computer-Fachchinesisch
Computersprechicon_smile.gif


 

mariana24  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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Spanish
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Spanish Jul 30, 2007

Hi Vito,

I can only think of one way of saying "computerese" in Spanish, and that is "jerga informática" (computer jargon).

Good luck!


Mariana


 

Vito Smolej
Germany
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ja ... in die Richtung Jul 30, 2007


Computerfachsprache
Computerfachjargon
Computerdeutsch
Computer-Fachchinesisch
Computersprechicon_smile.gif


it must sound peiorative ..


 

Vito Smolej
Germany
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... that could be it ... Jul 30, 2007

"jerga informática" (computer jargon).

... računalniški žargon ... its a descriptive term .... for computerese (g) Thanks!


 

Klaus Herrmann  Identity Verified
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Some more German Jul 30, 2007

Computerkauderwelsch
IT-Sprech und Nerddeutsch are known to Google. Nerddeutsch is slightly different but too cute to ignore iticon_smile.gif


 

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
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Piggygerman Jul 30, 2007

In Finnish bad and incomprehencible language is called "piggygerman" = siansaksaa. So I would suggest atk-siansaksaa or tietokonesiansaksaa or IT-siansaksaa. But Finnish colleagues could come up with something better.

Cheers
Heinrich


 

Nick Lingris  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Greek Jul 30, 2007

The formal term is:
η γλώσσα της πληροφορικής, i.e. the language of informatics (computer science)

In colloquial Greek:
κομπιουτερίστικα, i.e. "computeristics" (same formation as the one used for legalese, νομικίστικα)
κομπιουτερική or κομπιουτερίστικη (γλώσσα, διάλεκτος), i.e. "computeric" or "computeristic" (language, dialect)

"κομπιουτερική" could stand on its own in the same way that κινεζική (= Chinese) could stand for κινεζική γλώσσα (= Chinese language).


 

texjax DDS PhD  Identity Verified
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Italian Jul 31, 2007

Computerese...as simple as thaticon_smile.gif or also informatichese.

Maybe somebody will come up with something different and more imaginative, but I cannot think of anything else.

Ciao!


 

Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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I can give the Tamil term but can it be read by others? Jul 31, 2007

Computerese in Tamil will be kaNiniparibaashai (கணினிபரிபாஷை). Computerese is meant solely for computer-literates I suppose.

Regards,
N.Raghavan


 

Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
Germany
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Turkish Jul 31, 2007

Hi Vito,

In Turkish, it would be bilgisayar (computer) dili (language) in a neutral tone. But if you want something pejorative, I guess bilgisayarcı ağzı might do. This not only conveys the message that the language in question is not understandable to all others (ağız means "jargon" in this sense, but it may well be used to refer to "blahblah"), but also the term bilgisayarcı (computerman) blurs the difference between an IT expert and a technician repairing computers, or even a salesperson.

But other Turkish speakers might come up with something better...


 

nordiste  Identity Verified
France
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French Jul 31, 2007

jargon informatique

In French we commonly use the word "informatique" for IT and computer science.


 
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