Trifles

Grandiloquent. Now there’s a fine word. Lofty, hifalutin, highfaluting. Wonderful stuff. Words that are particularly marked semantically seem to be quite easy to translate. Words mark with great emotion find parallels in all languages, but are these parallels accurately mirrored in all languages. In Polish you could say górnolotny but is this exactly the same as grandiloquent. Hmm? I’d say that górnolotny is more hifalutin than grandiloquent. Some might say that these are all trifles, but come on (!), this is what good translation is all about. It’s getting those shades of meaning pinned down. It’s like catching a fly by its wings with a pair of chopsticks, having a good look at it and then letting it go. Not easy…

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