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Just For Fun: How To Say “Fiscal Cliff” In Four Languages

When NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun addressed the Economic Issues & Commercial Real Estate Business Trends Forum at the 2012 NAR REALTORS Convention & Expo, the remarks were live-translated by language specialists in soundproof booths via wireless headphones to attendees into Chinese, Portuguese, French and Spanish.

Having been already bemused by the day’s seeming wild popularity of the term “fiscal cliff” both on and off the convention floor, I couldn’t help wondering how this term du jour might translate into these languages.  Google Translate to the rescue (please take up any inaccuracies with the “Big G”, not I).

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NAR’s Lawrence Yun: Corporate Profits Sky-High, Yet Recovery Lags

If there’s a phrase of the week in commercial real estate — and seemingly everywhere else — it has to be “fiscal cliff.” In previous months, you might have bumped into this term here or there as part of the presidential election seasonal background.  But in conversation at NAR Conference & Expo 2012, “fiscal cliff” is a constant refrain, something you will hear several times a day, if not per hour.  It’s on morning television (I counted five uses in around 20 minutes on the Today Show), it’s on the convention floor, and it’s in the national dialogue.  If you used “fiscal cliff” as a drinking game (morning rules: coffee only) you’d be wired and climbing the walls inside of an hour.

So I found it to be something of a surprise when NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun took the stage to lead the Economic Issues & Commercial Real Estate Business Trends Forum, because while he did glancingly refer to the FC, the most eye-popping slide he presented wasn’t about a cliff, but about a chokepoint.  

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