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Mini-contest 2012: "Yogi Berra Quotes" » English to Chinese

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Source text in English

There were 8 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase.

Entries submitted in this pair were rated on a per-segment basis. Listed below are all submitted translations of each individual source text segment.


Submitted segment translations

Translations submitted for each source text segment are listed below. Segments have had surrounding punctuation stripped, and the resulting identical segments have been grouped together, so each listed translation should differ, but the difference may be subtle (eg. internal punctuation or diacritics).

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Source text segment #1

- "I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous."
Rank by:
+111 | -3
It's [supposedly] humorous because if you were to give your right arm, you could no longer be ambidextrous.
+33 | -2
A somewhat dull oxymoron. Another one of this kind would be "I'd die for the chance of living that moment."
+27 | -1
He is/was a baseballer. Ability to throw/catch with both arms is an obvious advantage. THe paradox of losing one arm to be able to keep using both is what makes this funny
+22 | -1
He would pay any price (idiom -give his right arm) to fulfil his wish of being ambidextrous - he ends up in oxymoron, which is funny.
+24 | -13
Being ambidextrous (as opposed to strongly right or left-handed) would solve a lot of problems (e.g. cutting fingernails). "I'd give my right arm to..." is an idiomatic expression meaning to want something very much.
+8 | -1
to give the right arm means "to pay any price for something", ironically in this case, for being ambidextrous (to be able to use both hands equally well)
[Edited] +5 | -1
I would give my right arm (= I'd do absolutely anything) to be able to use both hands with equal facility.
+6 | -2
A set expression: "I'd give my right arm to {whatever}". Once again, Yogi comes up with something funny to plug in. (By the way, the desire to be ambidextrous is common among baseball players.)
+3 | -1
In baseball been ambidextrous as I am, is a privilege among the baseball players, so is a good translation for this or any sport, due to the big advantages of using both arms and have the same strength, and abilities to throw or bat.
We shall forever remember him.

Translations of this segment (8 total; 8 unique)

我愿以断一臂为代价,换取双手灵巧之能力
我要是右手有两只手那么灵活就好了
要是能让我的左右手都灵活起来,我宁可失去右臂
如果能让我双手都灵活自如,我愿意付出任何代价
只要两手能同样灵,付出右臂也无所谓
我願意讓我的右臂變成雙棲投手
要是我兩手能一樣靈活,那我願意砍了右手
我会用左手把耳朵都堵上

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