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Es gilt das gesprochene Wort

English translation: The spoken word prevails

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German term or phrase:Es gilt das gesprochene Wort
English translation:The spoken word prevails
Entered by: Antje Ruppert
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08:15 Mar 29, 2001
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German term or phrase: Es gilt das gesprochene Wort
This appears in a speech. Is there a general translation for it or can one just say "The spoken word is final"?

TIA,

Antje
Antje Ruppert
United States
Local time: 00:22
[only] the spoken word prevails (!)
Explanation:
The German statement often appears on hardcopies of speeches (e.g. drafts, hand-outs). It enables the speaker to be in control of the speech -- and accountable for what's said -- at the time it is given, and removes any doubt as to which version is the one that counts.
http://www.ejpd.admin.ch/Doks/Reden/001026a-e.htm
http://www.contitevesna.com/060199.htm
http://www.dresdner-bank.com/unternehmen/presse_services/ter...
http://epp-ed.europarl.eu.int/Press/pniew99/pniew27_en.asp
etc.
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Tom Funke
Local time: 00:22
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Thank you and everybody else for your quick and poignant replies.

Antje
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Summary of answers provided
naVerbal agreement prevails.calitrans
nacheck against deliverybuckel
naCheck Against Delivery!Annie Robberecht, C. Tr.
na[only] the spoken word prevails (!)
Tom Funke
na"The spoken word is binding".
Parrot
najust a guess
Elinor Thomas


  

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5 mins
just a guess


Explanation:
The spoken word is in force

Te spoken word is valid


Hope this helps! :-)

Elinor Thomas
Local time: 02:22
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Spanish
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17 mins
"The spoken word is binding".


Explanation:
This would be so in the case of a spoken agreement (contract). It means the spoken word implies a compromise.

Parrot
Spain
Local time: 06:22
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

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Manfred Mondt
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1 hr
[only] the spoken word prevails (!)


Explanation:
The German statement often appears on hardcopies of speeches (e.g. drafts, hand-outs). It enables the speaker to be in control of the speech -- and accountable for what's said -- at the time it is given, and removes any doubt as to which version is the one that counts.
http://www.ejpd.admin.ch/Doks/Reden/001026a-e.htm
http://www.contitevesna.com/060199.htm
http://www.dresdner-bank.com/unternehmen/presse_services/ter...
http://epp-ed.europarl.eu.int/Press/pniew99/pniew27_en.asp
etc.


    (1) experience in translating speeches
    (2) Google (see above)
Tom Funke
Local time: 00:22
Native speaker of: English
Grading comment
Thank you and everybody else for your quick and poignant replies.

Antje

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Manfred Mondt

Trudy Peters
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1 hr
Check Against Delivery!


Explanation:
Idiomatic expression
Official trilingual translation found in several documents:

Check Against Delivery!
Seul le texte prononcé fait foi!
Es gilt das gesprochene Wort!

European-Conference
http://www.eumc.at/events/conferences/eu-conf/documents/gg_e...

http://www.ces.eu.int/en/acs/events/17_12/BROCHURE_ONG.pdf


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Annie Robberecht, C. Tr.
Local time: 06:22
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench

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Manfred Mondt
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8 hrs
Verbal agreement prevails.


Explanation:
This may not be a literal translation, but in a speech I think this phrase might be more appropriate.


    Doing lot of content translation, where authenticity is more important than literal translation.
calitrans
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15 hrs
check against delivery


Explanation:
this is a phrase I have come across in British speeches.

yours Mike Harold

buckel
Local time: 06:22
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