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English translation: cuckoo?

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06:54 Jun 18, 2001
Catalan to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
Catalan term or phrase: cuc
it is in a catalan song in the phrase "Renat cantarà el cuc i el pardal"
braithwaite
English translation:cuckoo?
Explanation:
Hola. Never heard of a singing (earth)worm and I feel that, being a song, there could be some metaphorical hidden meaning or a typo, which is one reason why, Heather, people send questions to ProZ: one can never be too sure. Pardal is indeed, as said above, "sparrow", not just "bird". As for "cuc", is it really "cuc" or "cucut"? "Cucut" is a bird (Cuculus Canorus) and a singing one too: "cuckoo" in English. What I think now as I write is that here "cuc" is a barbarism coming from the Spanish "cuco" which is, yeap, "cockoo". Hope it helps, OM to all :-))
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xxxPaul Roige
Spain
Local time: 21:43
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thanks for going deeper into the meaning. You at least understopod why I was a bit worried about the obvious translation
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Summary of answers provided
nagranted, I've never heard of a worm (earth- or otherwise)...Heathcliff
nacuckoo?xxxPaul Roige
naWormHeather Hayes
nawormJosep Viñas-Barón
naworm / earthwormHeathcliff


  

Answers


1 hr
worm / earthworm


Explanation:
The latter choice fits best in the context: "the (earth)work and the bird."

Cheers,
HC


    Routledge Catalan/English dictionary (1993)
Heathcliff
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5 hrs
worm


Explanation:
To maintain the rhythm of the verse, WORM sounds better.
“Renat will sing the worm and the sparrow”


Josep Viñas-Barón
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9 hrs
Worm


Explanation:
Hi. Surely this term is to be found in even the most elementary of CAT/ENG dictionaries.

I don't understand the question!



Heather Hayes
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Heathcliff
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21 hrs
cuckoo?


Explanation:
Hola. Never heard of a singing (earth)worm and I feel that, being a song, there could be some metaphorical hidden meaning or a typo, which is one reason why, Heather, people send questions to ProZ: one can never be too sure. Pardal is indeed, as said above, "sparrow", not just "bird". As for "cuc", is it really "cuc" or "cucut"? "Cucut" is a bird (Cuculus Canorus) and a singing one too: "cuckoo" in English. What I think now as I write is that here "cuc" is a barbarism coming from the Spanish "cuco" which is, yeap, "cockoo". Hope it helps, OM to all :-))


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    Dicc. Institut d'estudis catalans
xxxPaul Roige
Spain
Local time: 21:43
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in CatalanCatalan
PRO pts in pair: 184
Grading comment
thanks for going deeper into the meaning. You at least understopod why I was a bit worried about the obvious translation
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3 days 7 hrs
granted, I've never heard of a worm (earth- or otherwise)...


Explanation:
vocalizing, but why do you assume that all the critters in the song are also in the chorus?

After all, as the proverb has it, the early bird gets the worm. Certainly that sentiment could find itself expressed in lyric form... either metaphorically costumed or, dare I say it, nu comme un ver.

Cheers,
HC

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United States
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