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quick help, my botanicizers!

Posted by catalina_101 8a sw BC (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 27, 06 at 14:48

I'm doing a translation (Span to Eng) and there's a word, ojo which literally means "eye" but also means "daisy". This story I'm translating revolves around a misunderstanding over the word ojo. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for how I'd translate that. So far I think I might use Iris, but you guys are infinitely brilliant and might have something even better :D

It has to be one word (eg. Iris) that could be misconstrued for eyes. (EG Black eyed Susan wouldn't work).

Annny suggestions are lovely!

Hope all are well, take care!

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RE: quick help, my botanicizers!

  • Posted by fishies Ottawa z4a or 5 (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 27, 06 at 16:43

Kat - Iris sounds like the best option to me! And aren't we lucky that English also has an eye/flower word? What are the chances?!?


PS - you know you're brilliant, right? I would NEVER, in a hundred thousand kajillion years, have EVER thought of Iris.

RE: quick help, my botanicizers!

Hi Kat,

One more:

1) Orbea

but, paraphrasing Ms. S. above, Iris is more better.

RE: quick help, my botanicizers!

Iris is very good if you can work it in. The only problem could be that people don't usually talk about other people's ocular irises unless they're being pretty technical...I mean, it'd be odd to say, "She has very pretty irises" in place of "She has very pretty eyes". It suggests that other parts of her eyes are somewhat less attractive. Like I said, it depends on how it's going to be worked into the story. You could even go back to the roots of "daisy", which'd be MOL, "Day's Eye".

If you were writing the story from scratch instead of translating, I could see some great comedy-of-errors possibilities with using orbea!

Best of luck with your translation!

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