Born on third, thinks he got a triple

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Celle, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Celle New Member

    French
    Bonjour,

    Comment traduire cette phrase au mieux : "Born on third, thinks he got a triple"
    pour parler de quelqu'un qui n'est pas à la hauteur...
    Merci à tous !
     
  2. DeLaMancha

    DeLaMancha Senior Member

    Plaisir, France
    Français de France
    Salut Celle, bienvenue sur le Forum.
    Il nous faudrait un peu plus de contexte. Il y a peut-être un jeu de mot avec le fait qu'il est né le trois ?????
     
  3. Celle New Member

    French
    Je viens de trouver que c'est une phrase tirée des paroles d'une chanson de Pearl Jam, "Bushleaguer"...on y parle donc de George W. Bush.
     
  4. toban

    toban Senior Member

    Québec
    English - Canada
    DeLaMancha, I think the image is clear without more context, although it would be helpful. I wouldn't assume that the person is the third child in his family. I think it's just saying that he was born with a social advantage and acts like he's earned it, even though he hasn't.

    The image is taken from baseball: If a player's on third base, it may or may not be because he got a triple, i.e. because he made it all the way to third base before the ball got back to the infield, preventing him from getting a home run.

    Edit: Ok, so the reference as applied to Bush would imply that he was born with a silver spoon and that he expects everything (e.g. the presidency) to be handed to him.
     
  5. wildan1

    wildan1 Moderando ma non troppo

    Il s'agit d'une allusion au jeu de baseball. En traduisant au foot on pourrait peut-être dire :

    Il est né droit devant le but et se croit champion pour y être arrivé.

    PS Bushleager is a play on words: "bush leagues" are the baseball leagues of teams in small cities with less talented players.
     
  6. DeLaMancha

    DeLaMancha Senior Member

    Plaisir, France
    Français de France
     
  7. Celle New Member

    French
    THANKS !!!
    I didn't expect to learn so much...
     
  8. euphemism_treadmill

    euphemism_treadmill Junior Member

    Área de la Bahía
    Inglés norcaliforniano
    Né sur la troisième, pense qu'il a frappé un triple.

    C'est une citation, often attributed to Jim Hightower, who said it of George H. W. Bush in 1988, but it has been around longer than that.
     

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