Transubstantiation

  • The Roman Catholic doctrine that the whole substance of the bread and the wine changes into the substance of the body and blood of Christ when consecrated in the Eucharist.
  • An act that changes the form or character or substance of something.

How much is translation an act of transubstantiation? How about transmutation:

  • An act that changes the form or character or substance of something.
  • A qualitative change.

We could go on and on – Derrida-like – never reaching our final sign or synonym but wander aimlessly forever searching for the correct definition. Alas, that’s what translation is all about. Ho hum…

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