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07:28 Dec 16, 2003
English to English translations [PRO]
Marketing - Advertising / Public Relations
English term or phrase: Spirit & Letter
Spirit & Letter
It's some kind of GE"s motto. It's on the first page of their manual.
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English translation:*
Explanation:
The spirit is the idea behind something, and the letter is the specific form this idea takes in writing — such as the spirit of the law (the ideas behind the law) and the letter of the law (what the law actually says).
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spirit & letter
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Explanation:
The spirit is the idea behind something, and the letter is the specific form this idea takes in writing — such as the spirit of the law (the ideas behind the law) and the letter of the law (what the law actually says).

ntext
United States
Local time: 17:12
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in GermanGerman
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Laurel Porter: yes, and not only in writing - GE is saying is that they will attend to every tiny detail without losing sight of the big picture.
1 hr

agree  Mike Ck
2 hrs

agree  Christine Andersen: Should be every translator's ideal too!! But it's often easier said than done.
4 hrs

agree  Gordon Darroch
6 hrs

agree  RHELLER: "you need both" is this meaning; This pre-dates GE but companies often use traditional sayings to get their points across
7 hrs

agree  Alaa Zeineldine
7 hrs

agree  Mario Marcolin
12 hrs

agree  Ildiko Santana
21 hrs

agree  Nado2002
1 day 14 hrs

agree  Empty Whiskey Glass
2 days 1 hr

agree  Iolanta Vlaykova Paneva
3 days 15 hrs
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Jun 15, 2005 - Changes made by ntext:
FieldOther » Marketing
Field (specific)(none) » Advertising / Public Relations
Jun 15, 2005 - Changes made by ntext:
LevelNon-PRO » PRO


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