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Translation Exercise (was The last enemy)

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Monday, October 27, 2008, 15:09
> > Sanghyeon Seo wrote: > > does this translate in your conlang? > > > > The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. > > andrew <hobbit@...> wrote: > The last enemy of Conlangers is an uncompleted translation and so > we will fight this enemy forever. Nice to see a translation > exercise thrown up. It's been a while.
Sorry for the piggyback message, but, for some reason, I cannot reply, only forward! I thought the following, presented as newspaper headlines, might be a good exercise in "disambiguation." Some may simply be typos, but a number are genuinely ambiguous, e.g., #38. If translated into other natlangs, would any ambiguity remain or disappear? Have fun or just a good laugh. 1) Include Your Children when Baking Cookies 2) Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says 3) Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers 4) Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted 5) Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case 6) Survivor of Siamese Twins Joins Parents 7) Iraqi Head Seeks Arms 8) Prostitutes Appeal to Pope 9) Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over 10) British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands 11) Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms 12) Eye Drops Off Shelf 13) Teachers Strike Idle Kids 14) Clinton Wins on Budget, But More Lies Ahead 15) Enraged Cow Injures Farmer With Ax 16) Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told 17) Miners Refuse to Work after Death 18) Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant 19) Stolen Painting Found by Tree 20) Two Sisters Reunited After 18 Years in Checkout Counter 21) Killer Sentenced to Die for Second Time in 10 Years 22) Never Withhold Herpes Infection from Loved One 23) War Dims Hope for Peace 24) If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last a While 25) Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures 26) Deer Kill 17,000 27) Enfields Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide 28) Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges 29) Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead 30) Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge 31) New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group 32) Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft 33) Kids Make Nutritious Snacks 34) Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy 35) Arson Suspect Held in Massachusetts Fire 36) Ban On Soliciting Dead in Trotwood 37) Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half 38) New Vaccine May Contain Rabies 39) Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors Charlie


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