Absent words - S

last refreshed 04/25/2015 09:53:04 PM
The word I can't translate Description of a possible translation
sagovornik Interlocutor - but nobody uses that. The co-speaker, the other party in a conversation.
saksija "flower pot" - but then translating "izmišlja rupu na saksiji" - "invents the flower pot hole" (which is a rough equivalent of "invents the wheel", but at a less useful level) leads to "flower pothole" association which then calls for an explanation... makes one give up in advance.
saputnik fellow traveller - English is really missing the with- prefix, like the co-conspirator or co-author have it. The co-traveller may not be a fellow at all.
sebe oneself, himself, herself, itself, myself, themselves, ourselves, anyone-self, anyone-selves
sirotinja The poor, as a singular noun, to mean them all in general.
sit Sated, full, stuffed, had enough to eat, not hungry. Also, had enough (of food or enough of it all).
skrenuti take a turn - also not, because this phrase mostly means doing what the guy before you did; giving it a try. Taking a left or right turn is secondary and not necessarily implied if side isn't specified.
deflect - covers only the transitive meaning of the verb, as in "skrenuti tok reke" - "diverting the flow of the river", but not the most frequent case when one just changes direction
divert - is almost wrong; it also covers only the transitive case, and even that partially; diverting a piece of some whole to a different use, or diverting one's attention; the most common usage is not covered at all
switch - works only in the case of a railway (railway switch is called "skretnica"); for everything else, "switch" is "prekidač" - discontinuer, i.e. device to disconnect an electric circuit; as a verb, "to switch" means 'replace', 'turn on/off', 'whip' and 'skrenuti' is distant fourth.
shunt - all the available meanings are technical - to connect in parallel, to maneuver (around something)... again, 'skrenuti' is distant fourth.
stavka item - no good, because it means any object, a member of a list, even a couple of people in a relationship. Stavka is a line item in a document (like an invoice, ledger, manifest, inventory, meeting agenda).
stecište "point of convergence" would be nice, if it wasn't related to maths and physics, where it, pardon the pun, diverges from the meaning of "stecište", even though it comes almost close enough.
"Gathering place" would be also nice, if it was not ambiguous - "stecište" is a place where people or things come to meet each other, or the roads do (Rome would be one such place), not where someone gathers something.
stočar animal husband would be the proper translation if it wasn't ridiculous
animal husbandry practitioner would be a bit better if it weren't so extremely long
cattler would be exactly the translation, if the word existed in english
suhomesnati proizvodi Dictionaries translate this as "delicatessen", but that's not it. Delicacies include all kinds of finer foods, including cheeses, salads etc. This is only, literally translated, "dry meat products".
svoj One's own, applicable to any person. Lat. suus.