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"telhado de vidro" and "caixa dois"

English translation: live in glass houses, and keep a second set of books

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04:52 Aug 26, 2000
Portuguese to English translations [PRO]
Portuguese term or phrase: "telhado de vidro" and "caixa dois"
Re Internet fraud: "Muitos clientes têm medo das repercussões negativas por parte dos clientes ou não querem enfrentar problemas legais. Ou, o que é pior, têm telhado de vidro. É o caso de gente que reclama do contador que roubou dinheiro do caixa dois ou o fundo de propinas para fiscais." I would be grateful for enlightenment! Many thanks in advance.
Sue Simons
Local time: 20:29
English translation:live in glass houses, and keep a second set of books
Explanation:
"people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Context is key here, otherwise you'd translate it as "glass ceiling" which refers to discrimination in employment! Caixa dois is literally a "second set of books" designed to keep the tax authorities from finding out the company's true income.
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Donna Sandin
United States
Local time: 15:29
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Many thanks. Very helpful. Sue.
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nalive in glass houses, and keep a second set of books
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Luis Luis
nalive in glass houses, and keep a second set of books
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3 hrs
live in glass houses, and keep a second set of books


Explanation:
"people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Context is key here, otherwise you'd translate it as "glass ceiling" which refers to discrimination in employment! Caixa dois is literally a "second set of books" designed to keep the tax authorities from finding out the company's true income.

Donna Sandin
United States
Local time: 15:29
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1112
Grading comment
Many thanks. Very helpful. Sue.

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3 hrs
Please see below:


Explanation:
From the context I think they mean "lack of 'firewalls'" so anyone can see their affairs in the Internet; lack of security protocols. "They are vulnerable".

Like someone coming in through the "back door" and stealing money from a "safe account".

Hope this helps. Regards.

Luis M. Luis


Luis Luis
United States
Local time: 14:29
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 107

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12 hrs
live in glass houses, and keep a second set of books


Explanation:
A resposta de Dsandin é perfeita. Eu acrescentaria que "propina" tem, no Brasil, uma conotação fortemente negativa. Está muito mais próxima de "bribery" do que de "gratuity" .

Márcio

M.Badra
Brazil
Local time: 16:29
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 68

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