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RE: [GreenYes] Landfills vs. dumps
Interesting indeed!
I went through Babel Fish (AltaVista) for the French translation of:
Landfill = remblai
Garbage dump = vidage mémoire d'ordures (ordures is "garbage")
Recycle = réutilisent (looks like reutilize to me, hmmm?)

And in Spanish:
Landfill = terraplén
Garbage dump = vaciado de la basura
Recycle = reciclan

My high school French is too far in the mists of memory to know how to use
them in a sentence, and I don't speak Spanish (yet).  I do know that many of
the food service workers at my husband's restaurant who come from Asian or
Latin American countries are unfamiliar with the concept of recycling.  Of
course, they are also unfamiliar with 22-ounce T-bones and grilled chicken
Caesar salads that would feed a family of four in their homeland.  If you
don't waste as much as we do here, you probably don't need to invent as many
euphemisms for it...

-- Terri 
 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Edna J. Glenn [mailto:techsvcs@u.washington.edu] 
Sent:	Tuesday, January 29, 2002 1:10 PM
To:	greenyes@grrn.org
Subject:	Re: [GreenYes] Landfills vs. dumps

Interesting topic, Wayne, thanks.  I've put out a request to some Dutch
friends to translate 'landfill' and whatever Dutch children call such
places.

Am at work today, so have only my abbreviated foreign dictionaries
[a perpetual student of these and any other languages--the 'Oxford
English' reference equivalents are at home], but:

Russian - no entry for 'landfill'; for 'dump' the word
  'svalka'...'scrap-heap','rubbish-heap'--from a verb
  [svalivat';svalit'] meaning, 'to throw down; or,'to pile up';

French -  no entry for 'landfill'; for 'dump' the word
  'decharge' [first 'e' accent aigu], with their example
  'decharge interdite' ['no dumping']

I would be interested to know whether in French or Russian the 'landfill'
euphemism exists as well.

Best regards,
Edna
Seattle, WA

> Wayne T. wrote: ...It makes me to wonder how the word landfill directly
> translates into other languages.  It would be interesting to know what
> other cultures and nationalities call the place where their crud goes.
> Anyone want to post the words to allow some cross-cultural
> enlightenment?  Better yet, what words do the children from other
> cultures call the 'dump'?  Post the words.

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