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Beter bedorven dan verdorven

English translation: Better rotten than spoiled

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Dutch term or phrase:Beter bedorven dan verdorven
English translation:Better rotten than spoiled
Entered by: Alexander Schleber
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01:43 Jul 21, 2001
Dutch to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
Dutch term or phrase: Beter bedorven dan verdorven
Verdorven may be spelled incorrectly... the correct translation is "wicked" or "corrupt", but the term as a whole....
paretsky
Local time: 09:18
Better rotten than spoiled
Explanation:
is what I would say.
Selected response from:

Alexander Schleber
Belgium
Local time: 09:18
Grading comment
The second person who responded who said the two should be reversed is closer to the mark (mine, anyway). Thanks!
2 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
nabetter rotten than perverse
Dave Greatrix
naBetter rotten than ruined.
Davorka Grgic
naBetter rotten than spoiled
Alexander Schleber


  

Answers


1 hr
Better rotten than spoiled


Explanation:
is what I would say.

Alexander Schleber
Belgium
Local time: 09:18
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 826
Grading comment
The second person who responded who said the two should be reversed is closer to the mark (mine, anyway). Thanks!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Sigrid Lensink-Damen: depends on context, but this option is the best one.
1 day 9 hrs

disagree  Tina Vonhof: If anything, it should be reversed.
1 day 16 hrs
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5 hrs
Better rotten than ruined.


Explanation:
bederven¹ ( overgankelijk werkwoord )
1 verknoeien
spoil
context
aan die kleren valt niets meer te bederven
those clothes are fit to be thrown away
de eetlust bederven
spoil one's appetite
grondig bederven
( informeel ) louse up
het bij iemand bederven
get into someone's bad books / on the wrong side of someone
dat kleed is totaal bedorven
that tablecloth / carpet is completely ruined
hij zal met dat peuterwerk zijn ogen nog bederven
he'll ruin his eyes doing that fiddly work
iemands plezier bederven
spoil / ruin someone's fun
2 verwennen
spoil

bederven² ( onovergankelijk werkwoord )
tot bederf overgaan
decay
rot, go bad / off
met betrekking tot vlees ook taint
zie ook bij bedorven

verderven ( overgankelijk werkwoord )
1 totaal bederven
deprave
corrupt, pervert
2 te gronde richten
ruin
be the ruin of, undo

HTH




    Van Dale
Davorka Grgic
Local time: 09:18
Native speaker of: Native in CroatianCroatian, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 254
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1 day 25 mins
better rotten than perverse


Explanation:
self explanatory

Dave Greatrix
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:18
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 1747
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