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11:57 Nov 7, 2007
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French to English translations [PRO]
Marketing - Marketing / Market Research
French term or phrase: citadins malins
Marketing document on a new car.

véhicules (pour) citadins malins
John Simpson
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:53

Summary of answers provided
3 +1city slickers
3street-wise urbanites
Denise DeVries

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city slickers

"Clever cityfolk" is the real meaning of "citadins malins," but it just didn't seem to cut it marketing-wise. The author may have chosen "malin" simply because it rhymes with "citadin," and something like "city slicker" definitely has more punch than a literal translation like "clever cityfolk."

Note added at 16 mins (2007-11-07 12:14:17 GMT)

A lot will depend on context. (What exactly makes the citadins so malin?)

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agree  xxxBourth: Certainly gets the assonance, but may not be quite the register
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  -> Agreed. Will depend on the context.
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street-wise urbanites

another suggestion

Denise DeVries
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