[Pidgin] #9247: Translation "error" in German UI

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Mon May 25 15:59:01 EDT 2009

#9247: Translation "error" in German UI
 Reporter:  tretti       |        Owner:  lschiere    
     Type:  translation  |       Status:  new         
Milestone:               |    Component:  unclassified
  Version:  2.5.5        |   Resolution:              
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Comment(by tretti):

 Replying to [comment:1 chemistrydioxide]:
 > "Buddy" is German for "IM contact".
 > What makes you think that this is an erroneous translation?

 No. Correct standard German for "IM contact" would be "IM-Kontakt".
 "instand messaging" as a term is rarely translated into German. Very
 little programs use the term "Sofortnachrichtendienst" instead, so the
 term "Instand-Messaging" is quite well know among German speakers. The
 opposite is the truth for the word "buddy". This is an English term
 meaning "Kumpel" or "Freund". So this clearly is a perfect example of a
 Germish term, no doubt.

 What made me think that this is an incorrect translation is the fact that
 none of my friends uses this word in his everyday language and I'm quite
 sure that other people that heavn't used a lot of IM clients before would
 be familiar with it. Apart from that as far as I know only AIM is using
 this term in its own original client. Other Clients simply use the more
 easy to understand and better looking/sounding "Kontakt".

Ticket URL: <http://developer.pidgin.im/ticket/9247#comment:2>
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