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No you're not the only one uncomfortable with it! At least two of us are. I'm very uncomfortable with the way (towrds vulgarity and cliché-ism) ALL languages I understand appear to be taking. But how can one stop this stampede? Can't beat'em – join'em! So I'm giving a vulgar, but less esoteric, answer
I understand the context is crucial for this translation. It is a letter of approval. There isn't much else in it.
II 27.01.09 il Comitato Etico, ricevuta l'autorizzazione del Sig. Direttore Generale Dott. Giuseppe Di Benedetto (23.12.08) - Autorità competente ai sensi del D.Lgs. 24.06.03, n. 211 art. 2 comma 1, ha esaminato i suddetti documenti per i quali ha espresso all'unanimità parere favorevole.
Thank you again for your help. Very appreciated!
"Competent" in this sense has been "creeping in" since long before the birth of Eurospeak. The OED quotes an example from Caxton dated 1486! That said, it is by and large unidiomatic and may even generate confusion. As you rightly suggest, context is crucial.
I know the word has more or less crept into English from Latin languages via Eurospeak but am I the only one to be uncomfortable with it? Sounds as though some are competent and others incompetent.
I would prefer "appropriate/relevant/corresponding" depending on context but cannot deny that there are those who use "competent" (ugh!)
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Eleonora Timmons Militano United States Local time: 04:11 Specializes in field Native speaker of: Italian, English PRO pts in category: 4