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14:25 Aug 28, 2008
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
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Spanish term or phrase: colmo
El colmo de un dentista es....
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Summary of answers provided
4 +1the worst (that could happen)
David Russi
4the last strawmikellys
3 +1is the limit / the height
Margarita Ezquerra (Smart Translators, S.L.)
3epitomeliz askew
3nightmare
Edward Tully
Summary of reference entries provided
liz askew
Juan Jacob

Discussion entries: 6





  

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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
is the limit / the height


Explanation:
Suerte

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Note added at 14 minutos (2008-08-28 14:39:23 GMT)
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New Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary © 2005 Oxford University Press:

colmo sustantivo masculino: el ~ de la vagancia the height of laziness;
para ~ de desgracias to top o cap it all;
sería el ~ que … it would be too much if …;
¡esto es el ~! this is the limit o the last straw!



- Diccionario Espasa Concise: Español-Inglés English-Spanish
© Espasa-Calpe, S.A., Madrid 2000
colmo m
1 (el más alto grado) height
el colmo de la tontería, the height of stupidity
2 (remate) para colmo (de males), to top it all ♦ LOC: ¡eso es el colmo!, that's the last straw!
Juan es el colmo, siempre tiene que decir la última palabra, Juan is the living end, he always has to have the last word


http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=colm...

Margarita Ezquerra (Smart Translators, S.L.)
Spain
Local time: 00:13
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in category: 282

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Cesar Serrano: the height (of it)...eso es, muñequita! Saludos!
5 hrs
  -> Gracias César
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5 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
epitome


Explanation:
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Note added at 6 mins (2008-08-28 14:31:47 GMT)
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essence?



epitome
n. summary; collection of all characteristics, facts, etc., into small space; embodiment, essence. epitomic(al), a. epitomize, v.t. summarize; represent all essentials of; embody.


I think "essence" may be better..

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Note added at 19 mins (2008-08-28 14:44:47 GMT)
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Sorry

epitome

is the word here..

Area dentist remembered for work ethic and kindness.(Neighbor ...
Baker never went back to Crystal Lake and went on to practice dentistry in ... "He was the epitome of a good general practitioner," said Dr. Ernie Lidge of ...
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liz askew
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:13
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 119
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
the worst (that could happen)


Explanation:
one possibility, but you really need to know what it is about to choose a good translation.

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Note added at 1 hr (2008-08-28 15:59:49 GMT)
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Aquí tienen una posible respuesta:

¿Cual es el colmo de un dentista? Tener un diente de ajo. (ja, ja, ja)

Sigo pensando que "the worst thing that could happen to..." es la tradu más adecuada en este caso.

David Russi
United States
Local time: 16:13
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in category: 169

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  xxxJ Celeita: this makes the most sense by far. See I knew it was for a joke!! =-))
1 hr
  -> ¿Cuál es el colmo de un comediante? Que le digan que es un artista "serio". Gracias!
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2 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
nightmare


Explanation:
"what is every dentist's nightmare?"
if this IS a joke....

Edward Tully
Local time: 00:13
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 288
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11 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
the last straw


Explanation:

"El Colmo" (The Last Straw)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anoche


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Note added at 12 hrs (2008-08-29 02:47:52 GMT)
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Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary © 2005 Oxford University Press:
colmo sustantivo masculino: el ~ de la vagancia the height of laziness;
para ~ de desgracias to top o cap it all;
sería el ~ que … it would be too much if …;
¡esto es el ~! this is the limit o the last straw!

http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=colm...


mikellys
United States
Specializes in field
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Reference comments


4 mins
Reference

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Randolph L. Lais DDS, PA,-------- comprehensive fine dentistry
If a profession was 'made' for someone, then this profession was made for Dr. Lais. He is the epitome of a fine physician dentist. ---Patient ...
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liz askew
United Kingdom
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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36 mins
Reference

Reference information:
Lots of jokes with that:

¿Cuál es el colmo de un abogado?
¡Perder el juicio!

Ja, ja.

Juan Jacob
Mexico
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 20
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