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RE: [GreenYes] Landfills vs. dumps
Actually, Terri, I work on waste issues in Spanish and Portuguese 24/7/365, and I've never seen most of the words Babelfish gave you for Spanish.  The exception is "reciclan," which means "they recycle."  If you want "recycle," use the infinitive "reciclar."  If you want the noun "recycling," it's "reciclaje" in most of Latin America, "reciclado" in Argentina.
          Landfill in Spanish most often is "relleno" (yes, like the filled pastries), and a sanitary landfill "Relleno sanitario" (note: there are vry, very few true 'sanitary' landfills in Latin America and the Caribbean, even though the term may be used to describe what we would call dumps.) Dump has various names, depending upon country.  The most common one in Latin America is "vertedero," derived from the verb "verter" (to pour, to dump).  More negative is "basurero," which is translated literally as "trash place."  You'll often see reference to "a cielo abierto," which means that the dump in question is an "open air" dump.
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On Tue, 29 Jan 2002 14:29:05   Steen, Terri - Contractor wrote:
>Interesting indeed!
>I went through Babel Fish (AltaVista) for the French translation of:
>Landfill = remblai
>Garbage dump = vidage mimoire d'ordures (ordures is "garbage")
>Recycle = riutilisent (looks like reutilize to me, hmmm?)
>
>And in Spanish:
>Landfill = terraplin
>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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