Gili Bar-Hillel abhillel at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 30 15:32:42 EST 2003

Joe wrote:
>Everyone knows that translating's just a matter of reading the book then 
>writing it out again. (Backwards, in the case of Hebrew).

This reminds me of something Kyla once forwarded to this list from another 
list, a couple of years ago. Someone claiming to be speaking for DWJ made 
some quip about sales of her books, and wondered whether copies sold in 
Hebrew make the numbers go down, because they're backwards (sort of like 
wondering if the speedometer goes down when you drive in reverse gear). Of 
course I had to intervene and point out that despite the fact that Hebrew is 
written from right to left, numbers in Hebrew are written from left to 
write. (which makes it really difficult to design Hebrew language word 
processors that can deal with numbers too, but that's a different story). 
Anyway, we were writing first, it's you who are backwards. :-P

Gili Bar-Hillel
Tel-Aviv, tel.(03)5250014


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