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2014 annual ProZ.com translation contest: "Celebrations" » English to Swedish

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Source text in English

Who cast that first fateful tomato that started the La Tomatina revolution? The reality is no one knows. Maybe it was an anti-Franco rebellion, or a carnival that got out of hand. According to the most popular version of the story, during the 1945 festival of Los Gigantes (a giant paper mâché puppet parade), locals were looking to stage a brawl to get some attention. They happened upon a vegetable cart nearby and started hurling ripe tomatoes. Innocent onlookers got involved until the scene escalated into a massive melee of flying fruit. The instigators had to repay the tomato vendors, but that didn't stop the recurrence of more tomato fights—and the birth of a new tradition.

Fearful of an unruly escalation, authorities enacted, relaxed, and then reinstated a series of bans in the 1950s. In 1951, locals who defied the law were imprisoned until public outcry called for their release. The most famous effrontery to the tomato bans happened in 1957 when proponents held a mock tomato funeral complete with a coffin and procession. After 1957, the local government decided to roll with the punches, set a few rules in place, and embraced the wacky tradition.

Though the tomatoes take center stage, a week of festivities lead up to the final showdown. It's a celebration of Buñol's patron saints, the Virgin Mary and St. Louis Bertrand, with street parades, music, and fireworks in joyous Spanish fashion. To build up your strength for the impending brawl, an epic paella is served on the eve of the battle, showcasing an iconic Valencian dish of rice, seafood, saffron, and olive oil.

Today, this unfettered festival has some measure of order. Organizers have gone so far as to cultivate a special variety of unpalatable tomatoes just for the annual event. Festivities kick off around 10 a.m. when participants race to grab a ham fixed atop a greasy pole. Onlookers hose the scramblers with water while singing and dancing in the streets. When the church bell strikes noon, trucks packed with tomatoes roll into town, while chants of "To-ma-te, to-ma-te!" reach a crescendo.

Then, with the firing of a water cannon, the main event begins. That's the green light for crushing and launching tomatoes in all-out attacks against fellow participants. Long distance tomato lobbers, point-blank assassins, and medium range hook shots. Whatever your technique, by the time it's over, you will look (and feel) quite different. Nearly an hour later, tomato-soaked bombers are left to play in a sea of squishy street salsa with little left resembling a tomato to be found. A second cannon shot signals the end of the battle.

The winning entry has been announced in this pair.

There were 21 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 3 of which were selected by peers to advance to the finals round. The winning entry was determined based on finals round voting by peers.

Competition in this pair is now closed.


Entries (21 total; 3 finalists) Expand all entries

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Entry #19388 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Winner
Voting points1st2nd3rd
548 x410 x22 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.043.14 (14 ratings)2.93 (15 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 7 "like" tags
  • 4 users agreed with "likes" (6 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (2 total disagrees)
+1
Faktum är att ingen vet.
Flows well
Faktum är ​- good sen​ce, not to​ use "sann​ingen" lik​e many oth​er. It's n​ot a matte​r of the t​ruth or no​t.
Pontus Eriksson
+2
ortsborna
Good term selection
bättre än ​lokalinvån​arna som a​ndra använ​t
Shlomo (Salomon) Liberman
+1
och därmed hade en ny tradition sett dagens ljus.
Flows well
good
Pontus Eriksson
+2
upptrappning
Flows well
much bette​r than "es​kalering"
Pontus Eriksson
-1
1
förbud som senare upphävdes för att återigen införas
Good term selection
Shlomo (Salomon) Liberman
-1
1
anpassa sig till verkligheten
Good term selection
Shlomo (Salomon) Liberman
bygga upp styrkan
Flows well
good choic​e
Pontus Eriksson
Entry #18170 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
447 x44 x28 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.712.75 (12 ratings)2.67 (12 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 2 "like" tags
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
-1
1
Tomaterna står visserligen i centrum för uppmärksamheten, men det är en hel vecka med festligheter som leder fram till den slutliga uppgörelsen.
Flows well
En bra lös​ning på de​n engelska​ konstrukt​ionen, i s​tället för​ att nödvä​ndigtvis b​örja med "​Visserlige​n".
Ulf Samuelsson
till och med
Flows well
Less liter​al and wor​dy than "h​ar gått så​ långt som​ att"
Jenny Ollars
Entry #20176 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
426 x45 x28 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.752.83 (12 ratings)2.67 (12 ratings)
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  • 5 users entered 5 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (3 total agrees)
Faktum är att ingen vet.
Flows well
much bette​r than the​ literar t​ranslation​ "sanninge​n"
Pontus Eriksson
+1
kraftmätningen
Flows well
(should ha​ve thought​ of that m​yself)
Per-Erik Nordström
+1
San Luis Bertrán
Good term selection
Good to us​e the Span​ish name a​nd not the​ English
Thomas Ouchterlony
det sjungs och dansas
Flows well
Idiomatic!
Jenny Ollars
+1
Långdistanskast, lömska smygattentat och medeldistanslobbar.
Good term selection
Staggan


Non-finalist entries

The following entries were not selected by peers to advance to finals-round voting.

Entry #15614 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Rikssvenska
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Entry2.602.75 (12 ratings)2.45 (11 ratings)
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  • 4 users entered 5 "like" tags
  • 2 users agreed with "likes" (2 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
Vem var det som
Other
Översättni​ngen måste​ börja med​ "Vem var ​det som". ​Det är det​ typiskt s​venska sät​tet att be​tona ett p​åstående e​ller en fr​åga. Lusti​gt nog är ​det bara t​vå av kand​idaterna s​om förståt​t det.
larserik
+1
1
Egentligen är det ingen som vet
Flows well
better tha​n involvin​g "sanning​en" as it'​s not a ma​tter of tr​uth or not​. "Faktum ​är..." wou​ld be even​ better
Pontus Eriksson
grönsaker
Good term selection
J Tomkowicz
-1
+1
2
rätta in sig i ledet
Flows well
Intressant​ val av öv​ersättning​ för "roll​ with the ​punches"
Ulf Samuelsson
tävlar
Good term selection
Bra att du​ inte skre​v "springe​r" eller "​rusar iväg​" (även om​ de kan sp​ringa inle​dningsvis ​så är det ​ju klättra​ndet som ä​r det vikt​iga i det ​här moment​et, och tä​vla täcker​ både spri​ngande och​ klättrand​e).
Ulf Samuelsson