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This reminds me of an anecdote I heard a few years ago (written from memory): A prime minister was visiting a foreign country. Since he couldn't speak the language he was assisted by a translator. At some point during his speech the prime minister made a joke. The translator made a little pause, smirked and said: "The prime minister made a ...


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Generally speaking, this isn't possible. The function of a translation is not to serve as an index to the words of the original, but convey the meaning.



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