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ONe morning when they awoke from their embrace, they found a word which was to become the official word for their trip along the coast together. A word that fitted everything. It came from a political argument in the pub the previous night. A man had come forward after drinking in silence for a long time and told them after what he felt about Patrick Pearse and 1916. 'Died for nothing,' he said 'All those people who died for Ireland, died for nothing. Look at all this caper up in the North now. I'm telling you. They died for nothing.' (...) When they remembered the word in the morning, they both fell about laughing.
'What's all this caper,' Maurice asked,while sorting out his tangled cothes. (...)
'Cut out that caper', he demanded when she was blowing her nose noisily.
La difficulté ici est de trouver un mot qui convienne à toutes les situations exprimées et qui soit aussi caractéristique que "caper" (ce qui élimine "quelle affaire", trop commun). "Bordel" par contre estr trop marqué ou trop vulgaire.
Je proposerais "tapage" qui fonctionne tant pour la situation de l'Irlande du Nord que pour le mouchage du nez. "Barouf" n'est pas mal non plus, car il est assez abstrait. Parmi les autes mots possibles: vacarme, ramdam, tintamarre, pétard, etc... Mais d'autres situations pourraient se présenter au long du récit pour lequel ces mots ne conviendraient pas...