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      ITTF already do post their articles in Chinese - just click on the Chinese character left of the facebook logo in the top right corner.

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      ITTF has had a Chinese version for a long long time that republishes some of the English articles in Chinese. The folks struck up partnership with Sina last year and Sina took over the Chinese side of the business.

      The irony is that there is no official Chinese version of the ITTF handbook. Hong Kong TTA has tried to get the proposal passed. They have the Chapters 2 & 3 translated already, so they just need the green light. ITTF has even stopped publishing it in French and Spanish since 2013.

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      When I read, well, mostly anything nowadays, I weep for the English language. From content to word choice, I feel we are chasing the lowest common denominator. That said, table tennis isn't dominated by native English speakers, as here we are clearly the outsiders. As such, I think this should be a big consideration when writing articles on the subject. Tossing some fancy big words into news articles to give us some bootstraps to tug on would be great, but keeping a TT article at a level where google translate can get the job done is probably the best idea.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mtcollins View Post
      When I read, well, mostly anything nowadays, I weep for the English language.
      I've got exactly the same sentiments about the Russian language. Sign of the times, I guess, globalization and stuff. Everything towards mass production.

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      Can someone translate this particular headline from ITTF's famous wordsmith into 'simple' English for me:

      Julia one common factor, first places against expectations another

      https://www.ittf.com/2018/03/15/julia-one-common-factor-first-places-expectations-another/

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      Quote Originally Posted by pgpg View Post
      Can someone translate this particular headline from ITTF's famous wordsmith into 'simple' English for me:

      Julia one common factor, first places against expectations another

      https://www.ittf.com/2018/03/15/julia-one-common-factor-first-places-expectations-another/
      No. Gibberish, does not parse.

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      Quote Originally Posted by pgpg View Post
      Can someone translate this particular headline from ITTF's famous wordsmith into 'simple' English for me:

      Julia one common factor, first places against expectations another

      https://www.ittf.com/2018/03/15/juli...tions-another/
      The name Julia is shared by unexpected winners.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Andy44 View Post
      The name Julia is shared by unexpected winners.
      Julia is the name of two players who both upset higher seeds.
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      I think the word order in the sentence is not correct

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      Quote Originally Posted by Herbert View Post
      I think the word order in the sentence is not correct
      Either that or 'another' at the very end of the sentence was left there by mistake (I have no idea what it is referring to or why it is needed in the first place). Unless that's how folks actually speak over there.

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      Quote Originally Posted by pgpg View Post
      Either that or 'another' at the very end of the sentence was left there by mistake (I have no idea what it is referring to or why it is needed in the first place). Unless that's how folks actually speak over there.
      In any writing business with extremely strong editorial standards and oversight, these kinds of errors are common.

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      Quote Originally Posted by pgpg View Post
      Either that or 'another' at the very end of the sentence was left there by mistake (I have no idea what it is referring to or why it is needed in the first place). Unless that's how folks actually speak over there.
      It's headline style. The idea is to compress a lot of meaning into a few words. You leave out unnecessary words and get extra points for clever wordplay. This headline is poorly written, so not easy to understand even for native speakers.

      Headline: Julia one common factor, first places against expectations another

      With missing words: THE NAME "Julia" IS one common factor, AND "first places against expectations" IS another COMMON FACTOR.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Andy44 View Post
      It's headline style. The idea is to compress a lot of meaning into a few words. You leave out unnecessary words and get extra points for clever wordplay. This headline is poorly written, so not easy to understand even for native speakers.

      Headline: Julia one common factor, first places against expectations another

      With missing words: THE NAME "Julia" IS one common factor, AND "first places against expectations" IS another COMMON FACTOR.
      Nonetheless, at first sight it's gobbledegook and entirely typical of Ian Marshall's style - he often makes these two part sentences, such as 'Defeat for Ma Long, but victory for Xu Xin'. Every time I read another one I want to scream.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Andy44 View Post
      It's headline style. The idea is to compress a lot of meaning into a few words. You leave out unnecessary words and get extra points for clever wordplay. This headline is poorly written, so not easy to understand even for native speakers.

      Headline: Julia one common factor, first places against expectations another

      With missing words: THE NAME "Julia" IS one common factor, AND "first places against expectations" IS another COMMON FACTOR.

      Thanks - it finally makes sense! I was beginning to suspect the writer hates verbs (among other things)...

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      Quote Originally Posted by zzzuppp View Post
      Nonetheless, at first sight it's gobbledegook and entirely typical of Ian Marshall's style - he often makes these two part sentences, such as 'Defeat for Ma Long, but victory for Xu Xin'. Every time I read another one I want to scream.
      In fairness I wonder if he writes the headlines. A lot of times headlines are not written by the person who writes the article. Of course ITTF does not have a lot of staff, so who knows? His writing style does not do justice to his knowledge of the sport and his enthusiasm.

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      Quote Originally Posted by zzzuppp View Post
      Nonetheless, at first sight it's gobbledegook
      This caught me offguard and made me laugh hard.

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