Apina

English translation: Ape

14:13 Nov 6, 2009
Finnish to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Finnish term or phrase: Apina
I need to translate a play in which a woman repeatdly calls her husband "apina". The woman is quite annoyed with her husband...I'd like to ask: is it a "strong" sort of insult or is it sweetish? In other word, is it more like "idiot" or like "silly"?
Also, is it a common way to call your husband/wife in Finnish when you're annoyed with them?
ValeValja
Local time: 01:04
English translation:Ape
Explanation:
Or monkey. I think this is pretty mild. Like calling him a big lunk. Probably not affectionate though.

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Note added at 7 mins (2009-11-06 14:21:38 GMT)
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I can iMagine my wife calling me this once, but the repetition you mention doesn't sound like it is meant to be sweet.

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Note added at 23 mins (2009-11-06 14:36:50 GMT)
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So with th repetition, maybe "hairy brute" is a more appropriate analog.

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Note added at 24 mins (2009-11-06 14:38:08 GMT)
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I was thinking mild compared to an actual curse word. But as noted, this is very unlikely to be a term of endearment.
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Owen owenfw
Local time: 17:04
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Thanks everybody! I haven't found a solution yet, since I have to translate it into Italian, but I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel^^
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Ape


Explanation:
Or monkey. I think this is pretty mild. Like calling him a big lunk. Probably not affectionate though.

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Note added at 7 mins (2009-11-06 14:21:38 GMT)
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I can iMagine my wife calling me this once, but the repetition you mention doesn't sound like it is meant to be sweet.

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Note added at 23 mins (2009-11-06 14:36:50 GMT)
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So with th repetition, maybe "hairy brute" is a more appropriate analog.

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Note added at 24 mins (2009-11-06 14:38:08 GMT)
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I was thinking mild compared to an actual curse word. But as noted, this is very unlikely to be a term of endearment.

Owen owenfw
Local time: 17:04
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Native speaker of: English
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Thanks everybody! I haven't found a solution yet, since I have to translate it into Italian, but I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel^^

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neutral  Timo Lehtilä: I think, the expression is quite strong. My wife has called me 'ukko', 'äijä' and 'jätkä', but never 'apina'. As I feel it, 'apina' is in the same category as 'lurjus' and 'ketale'.
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agree  amgt
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