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01:46 Nov 13, 2008
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English to French translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Mechanics / Mech Engineering / Operation & Maintenance Manual
English term or phrase: stuff
Contexte :

“Operation & Maintenance Manual” pour une entreprise Canadienne Francaise d’acheminement de colis et courier.

It is not necessary to plug the radial oil hole in the stem in most applications, since this hole is effectively sealed by the close fit of the *** stuff *** in the housing support member.
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florence metzger
Tony M

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une suggestion...

reprend le mot stem cité précédemment

florence metzger
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stuff > [typo for: stud]

Following on from your earlier question relating to 'stem' and 'stud', I can't help wondering if this isn't just a typo for 'stud'? Given that the 'F' and 'D' keys are adjacent on a keyboard, if someone mis-typed it as 'stuf', the Word spell-checker offers 'stuff' as the first suggestion and 'stud' as the second — so too-hasty use of the 'Change' button could lead to this error.

Note added at 4 days (2008-11-17 20:08:03 GMT)

I am astonished at your client's response — if s/he's anything like some of my clients, I wonder if s/he even bothered to check thoroughly?!

'Stuff' used in that sense is just SO informal, it feels completely out of place in what is clearly a quite technical register.

It's not for you to worry about, of course, since the client has decided — but I'd really have loved to have got to the bottom of this!

Tony M
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Asker: You are probably right Tony ! I don't think he has ever read the English version I worked from. Most of the phrases had errors in them : no verb, 2 or 3 verbs, half the phrase missing and others. I don't think he read the french version either. Anyway, thanks for your highly appreciated help Tony !

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