Hi John, On Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM, John Mikes <jami...@gmail.com> wrote: > List-Friends of diverse linguistic origins: is there in another language a > WORD meaning the same idiosyncrasy as what the USA " p r i v a c y " indeed > covers?
In Portuguese, the most common word is "privacidade", which indeed is an anglicanism (although it's so commonly used that most people are not aware of that). But we have an older word: "sigilo". It is still the one used in legal contexts. So, for example, "sigilo bancário" is an old recognized right to bank privacy and "sigilo médico" the right to privacy about your health history. There's also "sigilo de justiça", which protects the privacy of people under criminal investigation. Then you have "direito de imagem", which translates literally to "the right to your image", and which includes norms against being surveilled with photographic equipment. > I know of none in German, Hungarian, Latin, French, Russian but > maybe my 'second' vocabularies are defcient. I also wonder whether in the > Pre-American English-English there was something like that? > (Anotrher similar US-puzzle emerged lately: the "Christ" in Christmas what > 'faithful' souls want to preserve in the 'spirit' of the holyday, I know > names for Christmas in several languages and none includes 'Christ'. Anybody > increasing my knowledge?) The portuguese word for Christmas is "Natal", which directly translates to "birth". It is implicit who's birth it is. I suspect that the Saturnalia, that it came to replace, was a whole lot more fun. Telmo. > John M > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. > Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.