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Jargonize or unjargonize, that is the question (was: Re: Bug#623673: calamaris: Typo in Debconf template)

Quoting Marc Haber (mh+debian-l10n-english@zugschlus.de):
> On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 09:16:57PM +0100, Justin B Rye wrote:
> > Protkolldateien sounds incorrect to me either way.
> It is indeed incorrect, nobody would actually say that. Common usage
> is "Logdateien" or even "Logfiles", but a lot of translators insist on
> using Deutschtümeleien instead of the commonly used Germlish
> expressions.

Ah, I see what was pejorative. Here, I agree this is pejorative and,
indeed, I'm not that surprised.

Sorry to Martin: the fact that this specific mail was not cc'ed to
-i18n is what lead me to make the wrong assumption (that you were
adressing Justin).

This is a very very very common debate between jargon users and
translators. Some are working in their own world, the world where
"Logdateien" or "Fichiers log" means something. The other try to work
for the average user, Monsieur Dupont or Frau Schmitt, for who "un
log" or "ein log" is just plain Chinese.

This is most of the time impossibile to reconcile...and, in such
situation, my recommendation is putting the jargon as an alternative:

"Les journaux (« fichiers log »)....blah blah"

(actually, in French, we don't even feel the need to mention the
jargon word in this specific situation as the French word is accepted
*and understood* well enough, even by geeks)

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