mercredi 16 mai 2012

English Vocabulary : scavenger

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scavenger |ˈskavənjər|nounan animal that feeds on carrion, dead plant material, or refuse.• a person who searches for and collects discarded items.• Brit. archaic a person employed to clean the streets.• Chemistry a substance that reacts with and removes particular molecules, radicals, etc.ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: alteration of earlier scavager, from Anglo-Norman French scawager, from Old Northern French escauwer inspect, from Flemish scauwen to show. The term originally denoted an officer who collected scavage, a toll on foreign merchants' goods offered for sale in a town, later a person who kept the streets clean.

Fermez vos yeux.
Goûtez le mot "scavenger" avec vos oreilles et tournez le dans votre tête.
Ne trouvez-vous que ça sonne martial et aventureux ?
J'imagine un super héros période blade runner, sombre mais plein de courage.

Ouvrez les yeux, et découvrez comme moi que scavenger veut dire... charognard.
L'ignoble vautour de Lucky Luke.

So long Jolly Jumper, pfft.

(mais c'est drôle car manifestement en anglais, le terme charognard ne charrie pas le même champ d'imaginaire sombre et beurk qu'en français)

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