Cheesy

Discussion in 'עברית (Hebrew)' started by airelibre, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. airelibre

    airelibre Senior Member

    English - London
    I've been struggling with a good translation for this word. It's slightly hard to define, maybe "something/someone trying too hard to impress and thereby achieving the opposite" or something over-emotional, but it's probably best illustrated by an example of something cheesy.
    This promo is in my opinion exactly that:
    http://mizbala.com/?p=76934

    So what's the best way of translating such an expression into Hebrew? קיטשי זיופי דוחה? Something else?
     
  2. ystab Senior Member

    Hebrew
    For me, when it's trite and stretches like melting cheese, it's קיטשי, and when it's of poor quality and lacks taste, it's זול (and in a more formal register, סר טעם).

    A romantic comedy which uses lots of cliches and is sweet like an artificial sweetener is קיטשית. A commercial that aims for the lowest common denominator - sex - is זולה. Either can be described in English as cheesy.
     
  3. airelibre

    airelibre Senior Member

    English - London
    You mean חסר טעם, right?

    Great answer, thanks, but as always I'm happy for any further input.
     
  4. trigel Senior Member

    English - US, Korean
    Nope, סר טעם = having poor taste.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013
  5. Stifled Junior Member

    Hebrew
    You can try:

    נדוש - stale
    שחוק - worn
    מאוס - well, also stale. The outcome of keeping up with something that has already served its purpose a long time ago.

    I agree with קיטשי as well, whereas I've never heard anyone uses סר-טעם.
     
  6. airelibre

    airelibre Senior Member

    English - London
    Thank you.
     

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