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the exact translation from my idiom of the sentence I want to write is: "the capillary distribution of the internet connection has created new economical models."
but I don't think that "capillary distribution" has meaning in English...
What I mean for "capillary distribution" is a distribution all around the world also in small villages..
any suggestion !?
What the metaphor is referring to is the way the circulation of the blood works. The smallest channels are 'capillaries'. I'm not sure this figure of speech would bear very close scrutiny, so I'd say 'world-wide' was a good word to use.
But I agree that the English-speaking world might not be ready for it!
"World-wide" or "universal" are poor substitutes. A company can be called "world-wide" if it has offices in New York, London, Sydney and Tokyo. But that's the exact opposite of what a capillary network means.
How about something like:
"the internet connection which reaches from major cities to village level has created new economical models."
But metaphors don't have to have that accurate a reference. If it works for you it works for you. But I agree that the English-speaking world probably isn't ready for it, if only because not many people know what a capillary network is!
True, it can. But you can have a heart attack with a complete blockage of a coronary artery and still live. This is because most arteries have "collaterals", meaning that most body tissue is supplied by overlapping blood supply. The body discovered this advantage before the internet did.
But, yes, the metaphor would be lost because people in general don't know these things.
I´ve found a published reference to the term "capillary" used as a metaphor:
- Australian historiography has often portrayed Australian education as dependent and isolated. Starting from Foucault' s notion of power as capillary, this paper traces two ways in which Australian teacher training in the first half of the twentieth century was tied into international networks. It documents some conspicuous links between key institutions and individuals. (...)
- Australian Teacher Education 1900-1950: Conspicuous and Inconspicuous International Networks
- Malcolm Vick
- Paedagogica Historica, Volume 43, Issue 2 April 2007 , pages 245 - 255
- The article can be retrieved from the Informaworld library website.
I hope it helps.