Terminology Matters

In translation it is very important to use the right terms. Terms are words that have a certain meaning in a certain context. For example, when I say “coil” what do you think I mean? Right. It might be an electromagnetic coil, or an inductor, a winding of any kind, a poetic word for troubles, or even a contraceptive. It depends entirely on the context you are putting it in.

Therefore, a translator must know the exact context of a text to be able to pick the correct terms. Otherwise, communication fails.

Many translators use terminology databases to collect technical terms of different subject areas and for disambiguation.

always pick the right words
Karoline

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