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To: xzins
Oh...it doesn’t. Comes from magpie, a bird

So, lousy translation.

It's not a lousy translation, it's an idiomatic one. English speakers don't call homosexuals "magpies," so the explanation of the cardinal's comments use an English equivalent.

If an American story reported that an English-speaking cardinal had called someone a "fairy," a Dominican newspaper would also have to explain our idiom in terms their audience understood, because the literal translation would make no sense.

27 posted on 07/04/2013 1:40:35 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: RansomOttawa

No, an equivalent would be “fairy” or “pansy”. “Faggot” has a much more negative, edgy connotation.


28 posted on 07/04/2013 2:03:29 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: RansomOttawa

Is there a difference between fairy and faggot?


30 posted on 07/04/2013 3:20:12 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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