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    Question English idiom wanted to say respect

    English idiom wanted to say respect

    Hello, everybody!

    I am struggling with the translation of an idiom and I knew there are some great places where people like you gather. So I registered, and I would like to hear your opinion about it. It will be interesting, I promise!

    In Hungary, we have a custom that if a very well-known, famous and noted public figure dies, the society he / she was most working with states in a press conference that they "consider him/her as their own dead". That is to say that he/she was such a great man, and he / she was such a pillar of the society, that we are proud that he/she was a member of us - which, coming from an otherwise very respected society, is a form of honour giving. Now I have to translate this idiom to English, and I am struck.

    The literal translation, as given above, is nearly unknown in the Google. Is there a matching English idiom to this? Or this is simply a custom unknown in English-speaking countries?

    The problem is even more interesting because the text I am working on uses a wordplay on this custom: it says that "we consider him as our own living", meaning that he will be influential and respected forever.

    Great stuff, isn't it? :) Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: English idiom wanted to say respect

    Welcome to Using English.
    We are happy to have you, and I'm personally very happy you used capital letters and punctuation. Thank you for that.

    I wonder if "We are/were proud to claim him as one of our own" might work.
    Or we might say something like "Benjamin Franklin was Philadelphia's favorite son."

    Let's see what others suggest.
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    Default Re: English idiom wanted to say respect

    Sorry for going off-topic, but can I replace "he/she" with "they" and "his/her" with "their"?
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    Default Re: English idiom wanted to say respect

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Sorry for going off-topic, but can I replace "he/she" with "they" and "his/her" with "their"?
    Thanks.
    Not if we are speaking of one named person.

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    Default Re: English idiom wanted to say respect

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I wonder if "We are/were proud to claim him as one of our own" might work.
    One of our own works in BrE too.

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    Default Re: English idiom wanted to say respect

    As for the word play, "our own living", you could say, "And we consider that he continues to remain one of our own".

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