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11:40 Feb 15, 2005
French to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting / description of art & techniques
French term or phrase:Danseurs Immondains
A title of a picture - the word I have trouble with is 'Immondains' - I can handle 'Danseurs' .
Explanation: a "mondain" always makes me think of the old expression "lounge lizard" - people who hang around in places frequented by the fashionable people and socialites. Something with gelled hair and a bit slimy! So a "danseur mondain" would be a dancer from fashionable/jetset/society circles.
It follows then that a "danseur immondain" will be a dancer from a much lower social stratum.
Perhaps it is even the distinction between " a worldly dancer" and an "unworldly dancer" but we'd need to see the work of art to judge!
In the meantime, I suggest "dancers of a lesser order"
I think only high society, the ratlle yer jewellery set, is sleazy enough to employ 'Private Dancers' for the purposes of surrogate, second hand pleasure. The 'cheaper seat set' can get up and dance themselves (RIP John Lennon).
great suggestions - I do not have a digital copy of the work in question.
CMJ seems to be going in the right direction - a sort of 'Private Dancer' (to quote Tina Turner). I might just use that title too...howboutit.
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Explanation: Well, Petit Larousse gives the adjective immonde' as meaning filthy/ disgustingly dirty or base/vile/ignoble, and my interpretation of the -ain ending would be the analogy with urban/urbane etc. in English, so I would suggest trying something along those lines.
But I might be missing the point completely here!
"Dirty Dancing" ;-))
Tony M France Local time: 21:03 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 84