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un droit et l'oisiveté, à moins qu'elle ne soit volontaire, est une offense aux hommes

English translation: In today's world, work is a right and unemployment (unless voluntary) is an insult to mankind.

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04:55 Aug 30, 2000
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
French term or phrase: un droit et l'oisiveté, à moins qu'elle ne soit volontaire, est une offense aux hommes
De nos jours le travail est un droit et l'oisiveté, à moins qu'elle ne soit volontaire, est une offense aux hommes
Agius Language & Translation
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:07
English translation:In today's world, work is a right and unemployment (unless voluntary) is an insult to mankind.
Explanation:
I thought hard about "Nowadays," but decided against it because of its faintly antique ring. The longer phrase "In today's world" also sets up (in copy-writing terms) the payoff of the sentence, giving the reader time to prepare for the important statement that follows.
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Heathcliff
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Local time: 14:07
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naNowadays, work is a right, whereas idleness, unless chosen, offends mankind.
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
naIn today's world, work is a right and unemployment (unless voluntary) is an insult to mankind.Heathcliff
nasee belowTelesforo Fernandez
naPlease see below:
Luis Luis
naNowadays, work is a right and idleness, unless voluntary, is an offence to mankind.Louise Atfield
naWorking, today, is a right, while remaining idle, unless done intentionally, offends all humanity
Yolanda Broad
naSee belowxxxrnoel


  

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3 mins
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Explanation:
Nowadays having a job is a right. Unlessit is voluntary, idleness is an offense against humanity.

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PRO pts in pair: 31

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47 mins
Nowadays, work is a right and idleness, unless voluntary, is an offence to mankind.


Explanation:
Of course, I would prefer the word "humankind", but "aux hommes" is what the author has written... Sigh...

Louise Atfield
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51 mins
Working, today, is a right, while remaining idle, unless done intentionally, offends all humanity


Explanation:
Thought you'd like a bit of French cultural background on *oisiveté*:

French:Proverbs and Maxims
l'oisiveté est la maîtresse de tous les crimes s

Kind of: Laziness is the source of all evil. English holds that *Money* is the source of all evil.


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Yolanda Broad
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Local time: 17:07
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 1551

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1 hr
Please see below:


Explanation:
"Nowadays work is a right. Joblessness, unless it is not voluntary, is an offense to men."


Regards.
Luis Luis


Luis Luis
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Local time: 16:07
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
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3 hrs
see below


Explanation:
I would propose a more liberal translation which would be more meaningful; it may sound a bit circuitous but more plausible:

Nowadays, the right to work is a human right and unemployment is an offense against human beings, except in voluntary instances.



Telesforo Fernandez
Local time: 02:37
PRO pts in pair: 216

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3 hrs
Nowadays, work is a right, whereas idleness, unless chosen, offends mankind.


Explanation:
Another version.

A vous de jouer!

Nikki

Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 23:07
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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7 hrs
In today's world, work is a right and unemployment (unless voluntary) is an insult to mankind.


Explanation:
I thought hard about "Nowadays," but decided against it because of its faintly antique ring. The longer phrase "In today's world" also sets up (in copy-writing terms) the payoff of the sentence, giving the reader time to prepare for the important statement that follows.

Heathcliff
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Local time: 14:07
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PRO pts in pair: 953
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Mar 3, 2011 - Changes made by Stéphanie Soudais:
Term askedHelp on sentence below » un droit et l\'oisiveté, à moins qu\'elle ne soit volontaire, est une offense aux hommes


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