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02:40 Jul 29, 2001
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: jess
Found very often in a historical novel about Korea. Context e.g.
"You're marked for death by the Chinese lords in
Chaoshien," said the tiny Chinese skipper. "And still you come to
China and now prepare to trek far beyond the feng-gua settlements...
What shall we do if you never return?" Tubert shrugged. "That's in the
hands of fortune, of jess. I know this most wicked of all cities
better than any of you. I grew up on her streets." "Jess be with you,
soldier-brother," said the old man softly, watching Tubert lead the
Corean hunters from the Sea Angel and vanish into a side street beyond
the wharf.
Or here (inner monologue):
How much had they truly
aided the foreigner as he had clawed a decent existence out of Yi
Chaoshien? My brother, closer than even those of my own flesh. I don't
really know him, just as no westerner actually knows him. Can I ever
bring him under my control? What has jess planned?

My guess would be it's a shortened form for Jesus, but then why isn't it capitalised?
Caro Maucher
Germany
Local time: 03:55
German translation:Jesus
Explanation:
yes, I believe it's a shortened form of Jesus, as used in the expression 'Jess knows' (i.e. God only knows).

I would guess that it is not capitalised, because the writer was using it as a synonym of 'fate' - 'in the hands of jess' = 'in the hands of fate'.

Personally, I would probably have capitalised it, though.

HTH
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jgal
Local time: 03:55
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Thanks for the confirmation! Carö
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Summary of answers provided
nafortune / the favour of your god(s)Uschi (Ursula) Walke
naName of a godKatharina Boewig
naName of one of a godKatharina Boewig
naJesus
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9 mins
Jesus


Explanation:
yes, I believe it's a shortened form of Jesus, as used in the expression 'Jess knows' (i.e. God only knows).

I would guess that it is not capitalised, because the writer was using it as a synonym of 'fate' - 'in the hands of jess' = 'in the hands of fate'.

Personally, I would probably have capitalised it, though.

HTH

jgal
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19 mins
Name of one of a god


Explanation:
There are a lot of gods in the chinese mythology. My guess it that it could be one of them. Like it's said,"That's in the hands of fortune, of jess." Could mean, that's it in the hands of the god of fortune, who is called jess. Could be the reason, why it's not capitalized. But also I think the short form of jesus could be right. It's hard to say in this context. So good luck!

Katharina Boewig
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20 mins
Name of a god


Explanation:
Sorry, printing mistake. This is right.

Katharina Boewig
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17 hrs
fortune / the favour of your god(s)


Explanation:
assuming that Jess is a Korean version of the Chinese Joss.

I know the terms good joss or bad joss, meaning good luck or bad luck; your god(s) (for some of us westerners 'star(s)') is/are in your favour or not.

Please check the following:

Joss - (Chinese, corrupt. fr. Pg. deos, God, L. deus): A Chinese houshold divinity; a Chinese idol.

Joss house - a Chinese temple or house for the Chinese mode of worship.

Joss stick - a reed covered with a paste of the dust of odoriferous woods, or a cylinder made wholly of the pste; burned by the Chinese before an idol.

HTH


    Reference: http://bootlegbooks.com/Reference/Webster/data/858.html
Uschi (Ursula) Walke
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