Why Can’t the Wall Street Journal Be This Direct?

17 Aug

This is what the Berliner Zeitung says about the current subprime inspired “mini-crash”:

Wenn Otto Normalverbraucher, der in den USA Joe Average heißt, seine Hypothek nicht mehr bedienen kann, gehen alle baden.

And you’ve got to love how the international edition of Der Spiegel Online translates it:

If Joe Average in the USA can’t pay his mortgage, we’re all screwed.

The phrase “gehen alle baden” could probably be substituted for the English idiom “we’re all going to take a bath on this,” but Der Speigel’s choice doesn’t sugarcoat it.

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  1. German Journalism « Matt Zeitlin: Impetuous Young Whippersnapper - August 17, 2007

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