paño fijo

12:28 Mar 17, 2000
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: paño fijo
Como decía Milton, no son mercancías monopolizables y que admitan tráfico por cédulas, estatutos y patrones oficiales. Desechemos la idea de convertir en un artículo tipo todo el conocimiento del país, para marcarlo y licenciarlo como nuestro paño fijo y pacas de lana.

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naIt does seem like and idiom and I would suggest...
Alexandro Padres Jimenez
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na"paño fijo" must be a local idiom (see below)
Israel Fridman



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"paño fijo" must be a local idiom (see below)

"paño fijo" must be a local idiom related to a specific use of a textile material or a specific attribute of a fabric. Exact equivalent cannot be found.

Israel Fridman
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The posted excerpt states a philosophical position on certain aspects of international economics and trade. In the second sentence, the writer rejects "the idea of turning all the learning and knowledge of the country into mere trade goods, so that they can be labeled and licensed in the same way as our finished cloth and bundles of wool." Thus, "finished cloth" is the rendering I would suggest in this context. (Please note, however, that "pano" (with a tilde over the 'n') can also refer to a coat of plaster or whitewash, and that when you add "fijo" you have "set plaster," which in a different context could have the connotation of "cast in concrete." Nevertheless, in this particular case, I'd have to go with the first option.) -- Hope this helps.

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It does seem like and idiom and I would suggest...

to market our knowledge like bread and butter

Basically, they are saying that they wouldn't catalogue their knowledge as a staple or set staple, but rather their ideosyncrasies go beyond a one set item and thus cannot be marketed or sold as such.

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