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|English term or phrase: West coast|
|"We are going to transform their uninspired living room space into a West coast haven.|
"I said West-coast, not kooky-coast."
"I would love is a West coast kind-of-feel room".
"The owners are hoping for a West-coast sanctuary but are getting a trip to the far East instead."
C'est très délicat à traduire, surtout avec ces jeux de mots... Est-ce qu'on garde "West Coast" en français ? Merci !
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To me, this is more of a cultural question than anything.
Presumably, the source text is US, and this is referring to the West Coast of America (western seaboard)?
In which case, will a FR readership understand that cultural reference? It would change the perception completely if they thought it referred to the FR Atlantic coast!
Might it not be better to use some kind of cultural parallel that is more easily understandable from a European perspective — for example, something like 'californien', to give the general idea? Think of the very current FR term 'cuisine américaine' — which AFAIK is not referred to as an 'American kitchen' in the US!
Note added at 89 days (2008-10-06 11:30:42 GMT) Post-grading
Just an after-the-event note to say that I recently came across the title « Look west coast » in a FR car magazine!
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|"californien" me semble parfait... Merci !|
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|west coast |
Comme le soulignait Stéphanie, il est préférable de le laisser en anglais.
The "West Coast", "Western Seaboard", or "Pacific Seaboard" are terms for the westernmost coastal states of the Western United States, comprising most often California, Oregon and Washington. Arizona and Nevada, while not coastal states, are also often included in the West Coast due to their proximity to the Pacific Coast and their economic and cultural ties to California (such as Arizona's two largest universities which are members of the Pacific 10 Conference). Although not part of the contiguous United States, Alaska and Hawaii do border the Pacific Ocean and could be included in the West Coast. As of 2007, the estimated population of the West Coast ranged from approximately 50–60 million, depending on which states are included in the estimate.
An older term, thought to have arisen in the Northeastern United States, refers to the West Coast simply as "the Coast." The West Coast can also be referred to jokingly as the "Left Coast," a pun based on its lefthand position on a north-centric map of the U.S., as well as its reputation for being more politically liberal (or "left-wing") than some other parts of the United States.
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