I managed to spend the entire holiday without feeling too guilty about not doing anything and was rewarded with a 45,000 word project when I finally allowed myself to get back to my computer. The deadline is tight but the subject very interesting. I’ve taken it as the universe, worried to see me so useless at taking time off, trying to show me that it’s okay to have a rest. I’ve promised myself I’ll take the lesson on board.
Anyway, we played countless games of Trivial Pursuit this holiday and one of the questions was particularly interesting. “Which Belgian town starting with S, where Romans discovered hot mineral springs, gave its name to a health establishment?” I hesitated for ages between Brussells and Bruge, the only two places I could think of, and went for Bruge. It turned out to be Spa. The day after, I was reading the Sunday Times and there was a full article on spas according to which Spa is actually an acronym for Sanus Per Aquam (health through water). So which one is it? Do we really owe spas to Belgium or is Spa an acronym?

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I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.

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  1. Rym Rytr January 27, 2004 at 8:53 pm

    An aside:
    Holiday in Europe is a Vacation in America. A “Holiday” for us, is a special day such as The 4th of July or Thanksgiving. We usually get one or two days off from work. For Vacation, it is generally a pre-arranged amount of time, mostly limited to a week or two (a Fourth-night?).

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