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09:40 Apr 3, 2008
Spanish to English translations [PRO] Idioms / Maxims / Sayings / expression
Spanish term or phrase:hacer sus necesidades
i can't think of an equivalent term that could be written in a literary document for this euphemism. some might say "doing number two", but is there something more refined sounding like the spanish expression? this is serious by the way!!! it's in a document about the catalonian xmas Cagané!
the tone is that of a serious tourist guide book for traveling throughout spain. in general, it does not use much humor, and when it does it is 'serious' humor fit for the elderly. this is definitely the most daring thing i've come across in the whole lengthy text. it refers only to defecation, as the very name of the 'cagané' indicates.
I agree that we should tread a little carefully here (sorry, couldn't resist it), but I'd appreciate a little more indication of the tone of the original - you say literary.... And Lisa is right that we have to check we're not referring to jut urinating.