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English translation: trading in hot air


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Dutch term or phrase:luchthandel
English translation:trading in hot air
Entered by: Dave Calderhead
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11:59 Jun 24, 2005
Dutch to English translations [Non-PRO]
Bus/Financial - Business/Commerce (general)
Dutch term or phrase: luchthandel
dit gaat over de handel in weerderivaten. Iemand legt uit wat het precies inhoudt, en degene die luistert zegt achteraf: Toen hij het vertelde, begreep ik het, maar nu kan ik het nauwelijks recapituleren. Het lijkt bijna lunchthandel.
Local time: 16:52
trading in hot air
trading in hot air - or just hot air perhaps
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Dave Calderhead
Local time: 16:52
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I agree, thanks
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3 +2trading in hot air
Dave Calderhead



32 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +2
trading in hot air

trading in hot air - or just hot air perhaps

Dave Calderhead
Local time: 16:52
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Grading comment
I agree, thanks

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Benno Groeneveld: I would translate it using the great Dutch expression "baked air." I've used this and similar "sayings from the Old Country" with great success and instant understanding in the US. "Gebakken lucht" of "brrodje aap". New Dutch idioms!
1 hr
  -> Thanks, Benno, but I have never heard of baked air in English or American English. Tina is right about hot air. That is what we native speakers talk if we like to just listen to the sound of our own voice and not worry whether the listner understands.

agree  Tina Vonhof: Here (in Canada) everyone knows what 'hot air' means - I've never heard of 'baked air', not even in Dutch.
5 hrs
  -> Thanks, Tina. I agree whole heartedly, and trading in hot air seemed most appropriate to me, with the word play between hot air as spoken and weather being traded.

agree  AllisonK: with Tina
1 day 17 hrs
  -> Thanks, Alison.
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