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22:50 Jul 12, 2008
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Chinese to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Chinese term or phrase:哈氣
someone please come up with a better and more literary term that expresses the dewing of a surface by exhalation to polish or doodle upon.
Thank you all for the suggestions, after carefully deliberating the source text I have found that "to breathe upon" sounds the most natural; in its earliest usages breathe (v) was defined as "to exhale, steam, evaporate"; the modern 'breathe' is also used to describe materials (as leather, etc., ) that allow passage of air and inhibition of air condensation (eg., we go jogging in trainers which don't allow the feet to breathe). Notably the figurative usage of 'to breathe upon' connotes "to tarnish (as if with breath): (e.g., "Before the Queen's fair name was breathed upon" (Tennyson), or "When the proud name on which they pinnacled their hopes is breathed upon" (Byron)).
While misting, fogging, dewing are all visually compatible, they are without a doubt unspecific to the action of breathing upon the surface of an object. Thank you all again for your efforts.