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Old January 9 2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Looking for a dirty word in ST:Vanguard: Harbinger

Yes, I know it sounds like a somewhat strange request, but I'll explain where it comes from later on

I am reading the german version of David Mack's novel Star Trek:Vanguard - Harbinger. There is a scene when Scotty is getting something 'green' When he leaves Glanz's establishment he swears. The german translator made something very dirty of it and I was wondering which english/american term Mr. Mack let Scotty use.

I am reviewing the novel for a german website and I tend to be unhappy about the translation efforts. That's why I had stopped reading translated novels years ago, anyway I have been offered doing reviews of Titan and Vanguard series and accepted. I don't want to judge the translator's effort without actually knowing what term came up in the original text.

So, anyone, can you help me out, please?

On a personal note: I am halfway through the book right now and although not everyting pleases me I am surprised how much I like it. I am usualy more a TNG than a TOS guy.
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Old January 9 2009, 05:33 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for a dirty word in ST:Vanguard: Harbinger

Wankers?
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Old January 9 2009, 05:35 PM   #3
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The word in question is "Wankers."
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Old January 9 2009, 06:22 PM   #4
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Thank you.
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Old January 9 2009, 07:56 PM   #5
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Re: Looking for a dirty word in ST:Vanguard: Harbinger

Now I'm interested, how was it translated?
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Old January 9 2009, 10:38 PM   #6
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Now I'm interested, how was it translated?

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Old January 9 2009, 10:40 PM   #7
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Re: Looking for a dirty word in ST:Vanguard: Harbinger

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Now I'm interested, how was it translated?
Without the latex gloves, perhaps?
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Old January 9 2009, 10:42 PM   #8
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Re: Looking for a dirty word in ST:Vanguard: Harbinger

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=wichser
German word for wanker
Often used to insult people who are really pissing somebody off.

http://www.coolslang.com/in/German/i...Translation=97
wichsen means masturbate but also is used as an insult, mostly the noun
The noun 'Wichser' (literally 'wanker', a person who masturbates, usually male) is a quite frequently used pretty strong term of abuse. Even though the literal meaning is different it is pretty much equivalent in usage to the english word 'Motherf*cker'. e.g. 'Ihr Wichser!' - 'Motherf*ckers!' (plural)

Wow, that second one seems stronger. You know, Down Under "wanker" is almost a term of endearment!
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