T is for Translator

Once again I have picked a theme for the A to Z Challenge. This time I aim to entertain rather than to educate. My theme is careers or occupations. I begin with a piece of creative writing.

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Tracey and Trevor are translators. They are totally entranced by words and languages. Their object is to communicate accurately and bring clarity rather than obfuscation. They learned to read their native language at an early age. They travel widely practising their linguistic skills. Tracey works in an international parliament, while Trevor is part of a team translating the Bible into a tribal language.

Further reading: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Babel fish)

Strictly a translator writes and an interpreter speaks.  There were translators and interpreters from the time of the Tower of Babel onward. One royal decree in the Bible was written in many different languages: Esther 1: 19-22.

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