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    Doubt about the use of the word "hype"

    I am a Brazilian working on a translation from Portuguese to English of a book for children.

    I wold like to know if in the sentence "There was a lot of hype..." , does the word "hype”, as slang, still mean “rumor, hearsay, gossip? Is there a better word?.

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    Re: Doubt about the use of the word "hype"

    It's the very nature of hype that when there is some there is a great deal of it. We hype something when we promote it. Example: "Ron has been hyping his book, going on all the talk shows he can get on."

    You need to give me a complete sentence I can look at before I can comment on the usage of a word.

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    #3

    Re: Doubt about the use of the word "hype"

    P.S. You have a question, not a doubt.

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    Re: Doubt about the use of the word "hype"

    Hi Tarhell! Thank you for your answer and for correcting me about “question X doubt”.

    I'm not really the translator; in fact I'm leading the team which is producing the book. My English is a little poor!

    The story takes place in a chicken coop, and there is a genetic issue involved. Follow the complete sentence:

    (...)
    There was a lot of hype... Six chicks were born but one was quite different from the others: all black. Dr. Rooster found it strange. He looked and looked and then thought, "no one in my family is that color." But he decided to shake that idea off of his mind, after all he already loved his chicks very much.
    (...)

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    Re: Doubt about the use of the word "hype"

    First, chickens aren't born. They are hatched. As for hype, you can use it there if you if you want, but it makes no sense.

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    Re: Strange chick

    Try:

    Six chicks hatched, but one was quite different from the others. It was all black. Dr. Rooster looked at the chick and then pecked it to death.

    Okay, maybe not.



    Try:

    Six chicks hatched, but one was quite different from the others. It was all black. Dr. Rooster found that peculiar. (You can also use strange.) He looked and looked at the strange chick and thought, No one in my family is that color. But he shook that idea off. After all, he already loved all his chicks very much.


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    Re: Strange chick

    This is definitely not hype for me- if there were doubt about the paternity, gossip and rumour would be natural. Hype is about getting publicity and promotion for something to make it more successful.

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    Re: Strange chick

    It might be worthwhile telling us the Portuguese word you're translating. Some of us here understand a little of some other languages. But 'hype' sounds wrong no matter what the original word is.
    Last edited by Raymott; 21-Feb-2015 at 08:58.

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    Re: Strange chick

    Hi, Tarheel / Tdol / Raymott. Thanks again, but now we have two issues and I need the opinion of a US native who masters the language. I’d appreciate your help.

    1) You’ve made it clear that “hype” isn’t the word for that context. What about the use of “gossip, chitchat or mockery”? “There was a lot of gossip/chitchat/mockery/rumor going around”. Which word is best? (Raymott the word is "Fofoca" - "Havia muita fofoca")

    2) In Portuguese, you can say ‘chickens are born’ or ‘chickens are hatched’. Either is ok.
    But since it’s a book for children, and because the animal characters (like those in fables) are like humans, I’d ask you: it's really wrong to use "born" even in this case? Does “born” sound weird for English-speaking people?

    Thanks a lot for your help.

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    Re: Strange chick

    Quote Originally Posted by chicodesouza View Post
    "Havia muita fofoca"
    https://translate.google.com/#pt/en/...muita%20fofoca
    It says 'There was much gossip'.

    Not a teacher.

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