mack

15:36 Apr 6, 2005
English to Portuguese translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Music / lyrics
English term or phrase: mack
it's an Ella Fitzgerald song called "Mack the Knife". I'd like to know what this "mack" means.
Roberta


Summary of answers provided
5 +1Mack the Knife
Sormane Fitzgerald Gomes
5 +1Mack
Carlos Angelo
3 +1"raincoat" - see details
Beta Cummins


  

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7 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
"raincoat" - see details


Explanation:
It depends much on the general context of the lyrics, to know exactly what she is talking about.

Good luck!


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Beta Cummins
United States
Local time: 11:11
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Portuguese
PRO pts in category: 20

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Felipe Simões: I found the same, but as to what does it have to do with knife...
1 hr
  -> Thank you, Felipe... We didnt get any close to what it really was... Has to do with a character from a play unknown to me. Thanks again : )
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14 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Mack


Explanation:
Personagem de uma peça.

Referência:
A moritat is a medieval version of the murder ballad performed by strolling minstrels, from mori meaning "deadly" and tat meaning "deed". In the Threepenny Opera, the moritat singer with his street organ introduces and closes the drama with the tale of the deadly Mackie Messer, or Mack the Knife, a character based on the dashing highwayman Macheath in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera. The Brecht-Weill version was less dashing and much more cruel and sinister and has been transformed into a modern anti-hero.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mack_the_knife

Carlos Angelo
Brazil
Local time: 12:11
Native speaker of: Portuguese
PRO pts in category: 4

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Susanne Rindlisbacher
5 hrs
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13 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Mack the Knife


Explanation:
Nome de uma pessoa. Tambem personagem da opera Three Penny.

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Note added at 14 mins (2005-04-06 15:51:33 GMT)
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Three Penny Opera
... Repertory production of The Three Penny Opera is decidedly uneven, ... Known as Mack the Knife, Macheath is a dapper bandit and womanizer who runs afoul ...
www.theatrescene.net/ts\articles.nsf/ 0/916CEA681BDA2DD585256ED000144ABD?OpenDocument - 31k

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Note added at 21 mins (2005-04-06 15:58:14 GMT)
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O nome da musica eh \"Ballad of Mack the Knife\", que no original em alemao eh \"Die Moritat von Mackie Messer\"; como Messer eh faca em alemao, a versao em ingles ficou \'the knife\'; Mack eh o nome do cara.

Sormane Fitzgerald Gomes
United States
Local time: 11:11
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in category: 8

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Susanne Rindlisbacher
5 hrs
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