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02:33 Oct 22, 2006
French to English translations [PRO] Tourism & Travel
French term or phrase:anecdotique
Here is the context:
...Cyclopolitains, un pousse-pousse à la mode lyonnaise qui permet aux groupes de se déplacer tranquillement, sans rien perdre de l'ambiance de la ville. Ces tricycles électriques, conduits par de jeunes chauffeurs appelés Cyclonautes, vous emmènent où vous voulez, en empruntant en priorité les pistes cyclables et les rues piétonnes. Ce mode de transport pourrait paraître anecdotique, mais il s'inscrit dans un contexte de gestion de l'environnement...
NB: The writer of the text is Belgian, so it may be a regional usage.
Explanation: One of the Collins possibilities; also it looks as though it would fit in with what MAY follow in the sentence (where is it!!??) My guess is something to the effect of "But, taken together with... in the xxx context, it all adds up to... (something significant)"
This isn't to say I don't ike the other answers (especially 'quirky'), but I suspect this could fit if we were given the rest of the sentence. Could be wildly out of course!
Thanks Carol! Your thoughts were very helpful, and ultimately I went with quirky because it also carries a sense of not being taken seriously, setting up the contrast at the end of the sentence 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Hi Theresa - usually points go to the person whose answer you use. I think there is a "note to answerer" button if you want to leave a few words for/thank an answerer. I've also wished I could split points in the past! Enjoy ProZ!
Almost everyone's answers were helpful, but in the end I voted Carol's "the most helpful" (which is how the choosing is worded) - have I misunderstood how these things work? One doesn't have the option of awarding points to 2 people :(
I wanted to send a thank you to everyone but couldn't find the appropriate place to do so - but thank you everyone!