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Naming a Boat

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Today I had a chat with peer managers on effective project naming, and struggled to translate the Russian idiom “Как корабль назовешь, так он и поплывет” (literally: “The way you name a ship, the same way she will sail“).

Quick research exposed that the idiom originated (as I suspected) only in the cartoon series “Приключения Капитана Врунгеля” (“Adventures of Captain Wrongel”).

Image result for врунгель беда

The most common translation of the idiom I found was “A ship will sail the way you name it“. However after some thinking I personally prefer “As you name a boat, same it’s gonna float“. And the reasons are:

  1. Idioms about boats and floating are contextually closer than about ships and sailing.
  2. It rhymes.

Nevertheless, an advice to you, my dear friend:

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
If you bang a billy goat,
Don’t forget to scream.

Written by Seva

2017-01-05 (January 5) at 02:10:39

Posted in leisure, thought

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