Winters

French translation: printemps [in this specific idiom!]

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English term or phrase:of x Winters [referring to someone's age (poetic or rhetorical)]
French translation:printemps [in this specific idiom!]
Entered by: Tony M

09:01 Nov 22, 2006
English to French translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: Winters
"a girl of five *winters*"

This may appear a simple question, but I need confirmation that "winters" here is strictly equivalent to the French "printemps" - is it a common saying in English or specific to the author of the text ?
Igor Kazmierski
France
Local time: 23:13
printemps [in this specific idiom!]
Explanation:
Yes, you're quite right, Igor!

It IS a standard idiom, though could hardly be described as 'common', since these days it has a quaintly old-fashioned ring about it, almost archaic even. It could hardly be regarded as a 'current' term.


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Note added at 8 mins (2006-11-22 09:10:13 GMT)
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Here's the relevant definition from NS OED:

2 In pl. A specified number of years, esp. of a person’s age. Now chiefly poet. & rhet.

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Note added at 11 mins (2006-11-22 09:13:20 GMT)
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Interesting cultural difference, the way the optimistic FR expression seems to refer to 'living to see another Spring', while the more pessimistic EN one seems to be saying 'made it through another Winter'
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Tony M
France
Local time: 23:13
Grading comment
Merci infiniment pour ces précisions !
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



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4 +6printemps [in this specific idiom!]
Tony M


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winters
printemps [in this specific idiom!]


Explanation:
Yes, you're quite right, Igor!

It IS a standard idiom, though could hardly be described as 'common', since these days it has a quaintly old-fashioned ring about it, almost archaic even. It could hardly be regarded as a 'current' term.


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Note added at 8 mins (2006-11-22 09:10:13 GMT)
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Here's the relevant definition from NS OED:

2 In pl. A specified number of years, esp. of a person’s age. Now chiefly poet. & rhet.

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Note added at 11 mins (2006-11-22 09:13:20 GMT)
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Interesting cultural difference, the way the optimistic FR expression seems to refer to 'living to see another Spring', while the more pessimistic EN one seems to be saying 'made it through another Winter'

Tony M
France
Local time: 23:13
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 44
Grading comment
Merci infiniment pour ces précisions !

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  cjohnstone
0 min
  -> Merci, chère Catherine ! :-)

agree  Jonathan MacKerron
1 min
  -> Thanks, Jonathan!

agree  Valérie Cromphaut: il y a effectivement des occurences sur google
4 mins
  -> Merci, Valérie !

agree  Gat: Oui, printemps est parfait
10 mins
  -> Merci, Gat. !

agree  Sandra C.
4 hrs
  -> Thanks, Sandra!

agree  NancyLynn: I love language!
12 hrs
  -> Thanks, Nancy! So do I!
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