As many of you outside the UK may not know exactly what kind of boots Wellingtons are, I'll expand on it.
The first thing to say is, don't ever say to Hayley "I like your Wellingtons" because, if she knows the word, she may be somewhat offended! Wellington boots are utility boots not fashion boots and they are made out of waterproof materials such as tough rubber or something similar. They are also exceedingly inexpensive!
There are in some parts of the UK traditional competitions to see how far people can throw Wellington boots and this has led to yet another variation "give it some welly" which means, simply, try hard or put as much effort into it as you can Alternatively, this phrase may have sprung from something like "put the boot in" or "kick harder" but... give it some welly does not mean or imply violent behaviour... only "trying harder".
Not a lot of people outside the UK know that (but I bet Belinda does and Rodders certainly will know! )
Back on topic: try sticking "give it some welly" in the translator, it will probably explode!
Babel Fish Translation does indeed translate from Japanese to English and vice versa. It can't handle all languages, but its capabilities might well expand in due course. Scroll through the list to see all the current options.
it will tell you all about them, In NZ they are widely known as Gumboots and Hayley would probably know them more as that.
Yes, interesting, Belinda. 'Gum' Boots I haven't heard of for some time but I think I first heard that term in Prep school days. For some reason the term faded from use here in the UK--at least in my circle of associations and became generally referred to as 'wellies' or just 'boots'. 'Rubber boots' being occasionally heard. But I think this cross-use was due to a mix of generations.
Nowadays they are often referred to as 'Hunter's' the name of an improved 'Wellington' (more flexible round the back of the heel) and initiatilly produced in green, thereby often being referred to as 'green wellies'.
Then there is another style of foot wear used as an 'overshoe' to ordinary shoes called galoshes, likewisse made of rubber and then later of plastic.
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Hi Stephany, This quite likely is politically incorrect but your French History has probably told you that Napoleon Bonaparte had a little disagreement with the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo. The Duke of W. was renowned for wearing long rubber boots. So much so that eventually those type of boots were themselves called Wellington Boots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_boot
Back to the topic: I've used Worldlingo quite a bit myself. www.worldlingo.com/en/products_services/worldlingo_translator.html Probably similar to AltaVista. An automatic translater can't guess the context so it'll "miss the point" regularly. (as we all do too despite grammatical experience) Even with good working knowledge of a language, translation is still very difficult....particularly if an "exact" translation is required. Hardest is to translate verbally "on the fly". While you're waiting for the verb to come, which defines what the person is wanting to say, you forget the in between bits. Graemek......phew. PS Heres alta vistas retranslation of : I carried my favourite pair of Wellington boots. I carried my pair of favourite of initializations of Wellington I went from English to French & back to English.
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I have no doubt that the change from "Wellington boot" to "initialization of Wellington" is a direct consequence of the invasion of computer speak - ""computer boot" is synonymous with "initialising of computer".
Translation engines are still very logical (too logical for language).
P.S. "Wellies", as Wellington boots are also known, are currently hot stuff in Wales, as both Shirley Bassey and Katherine Jenkins have gone on stage (outdoors) wearing rather fashionable wellies. Is Hayley considering wearing them because of the huge amount of rainfall in Britain recently?