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    Question How can this be said in a better way?

    Hello,

    I came across this in the advertisement for a university.
    "we don't teach you rocket science but we liberate you to build one"

    This looks odd to me. How can this be said in a better way?

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    We don't make rockets for you, but we enable/empower you to build one.

    Thank you
    Last edited by Olympian; 05-Apr-2012 at 15:57. Reason: added 'empower'

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    Re: How can this be said in a better way?

    I'd run away screaming from any university with such a confused advertisement.

    How do they imagine you will be "liberated" to build a complex thing like a rocket without the requisite science?

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    #3

    Re: How can this be said in a better way?

    Your guess is right.

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    #4

    Re: How can this be said in a better way?

    Actually "We don't teach you how to build rockets, but we'll make you feel like you're able to anyway!" is a closer translation of the original.

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    Re: How can this be said in a better way?

    @SoothingDave, thank you. I also feel the same way - how can anyone want to study at such a place? But such mistakes are quite common. Sometimes I feel I should take a photo of such ads (online or on the streets) and start a blog, or for the mistakes that appear in the English newspapers. I haven't started the blog about newspaper mistakes because I don't know enough about if it would be legal, but my hope is that if I quote only the relevant mistake-laden phrases or sentences, it might fall under the fair use / fair dealing doctrine.

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    Re: How can this be said in a better way?

    A website already exists which contains thousands of signs/ads etc with poor English : Engrish.com

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    Re: How can this be said in a better way?

    Any new version should still contain "rocket science" together, because it is a (very) common phrase, Dave's "make you feel like" version is spot on.

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    Re: How can this be said in a better way?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    A website already exists which contains thousands of signs/ads etc with poor English : Engrish.com
    FWIW, I typically find the word "Engrish" offensive.

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    Re: How can this be said in a better way?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    A website already exists which contains thousands of signs/ads etc with poor English : Engrish.com
    Thanks emsr2d2. It is quite funny, although I am not able to quite understand all the entries there.
    Signs are ok to post, but I meant the mistakes in newspapers. I am not sure if they can be quoted online.

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    Re: How can this be said in a better way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Thanks emsr2d2. It is quite funny, although I am not able to quite understand all the entries there.
    Signs are ok to post, but I meant the mistakes in newspapers. I am not sure if they can be quoted online.
    Why wouldn't you be able to post newspaper headline errors online?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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