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From Geoff Howard <>
Subject Re: [Vote] Antonio Gallardo and Tony Collen as Cocoon committers
Date Thu, 11 Sep 2003 16:57:19 GMT
Joerg Heinicke wrote:

> or
> Both know "compensational". What's the correct word?
> Geoff Howard wrote:
>> Joerg Heinicke wrote:
>>> Furthermore 2 really nice and (especially Antonio) compensational (is 
>>> it the correct word?) guys.
>> I've never heard of the word compensational but my interpretation of 
>> it would mean "active or skilled in paying people".  If Antonio is 
>> skilled at this, we should have voted him in long ago! ;)

Ah, didn't realize we were dealing with a specific translation issue for 
"ausgleichend".  The problem is that the English word compensate has two 
shades of meaning: to adjust for a missing quality, and to pay money or 
a money-equivalent.  Probably the first of those does get at what you 
were trying to say but "compensational" is such a rare form that it 
would probably in practice lead to the humorous interpretation.  Of the 
options on the sites you mentioned, "balancing" is probably the closest, 
but the others are probably on the right track using a totally different 

By the way, I hope my original comment didn't feel like I was poking fun 
  -- I am continually impressed by you and so many others communicating 
in English and if we had to do these lists in any other language (even 
French which I used to speak pretty well) I'd be totally lost probably 
along with most of the other "ugly americans".


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