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Dutch to English translations [Non-PRO] Environment & Ecology / Marine plastic pollution ...
Dutch term or phrase:linke soep
The Dutch text is a title referring to the shocking state of the marine plastic pollution in the North Pacific Gyre of the Pacific Ocean. The actual title text is:
"PLASTIC SOUP = LINKE SOEP"
I am aware of the meaning of "linke," but apparently "linke soep" is a used phrase in Dutch. There is one mention of it in ProZ, here: http://www.proz.com/powwow/2603 by ProZ user Henk Peelen in 21 November, 2009.
Can a native Dutch speaker explain the meaning (including any clever puns, if any) that lay hidden in the Dutch text "PLASTIC SOUP = LINKE SOEP."
I am in discussion with Dutch native speakers about this already, and I would now like to tap into the expertise on ProZ.com.
You know I selected Alexander Schleber's submission, and typed out a some text to explain. The webpage did not respond. So I did it again. Then it did. This website has done this before. It is very iffy about commentary. No I did not exceed the character limit.
Jeez guys (and Lianne) y'all sure done given me a lot to choose from! Hmmm ... and they would all do. I will have now come up with some snappy English retort to match the Dutch "Plastic Soep = Linke Soep" that is both clever but also which zeroes in on a nasty problem ... possibly something like: "Nasty business in the plastic soup"
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Explanation: "linke soep" is a common expression to indicate a tricky situation;
Other synonyms might be tricky stuff, tricky dicky, a dicey situation. The "soep" has been used effectively on the other side of this equation, so use your imagination to come up with something similar in English.
Frank van Thienen Canada Local time: 13:04 Works in field Native speaker of: English, Dutch PRO pts in category: 4