Enter in (my) calculus

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by manutd101, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. manutd101 Senior Member

    English - United States
    Hello all, a quick question about an English usage of the word "calculus". How would you translate "to enter into one's calculus", or calculus in general in examples like this? Por ejemplo, si quiero decir:

    As a result of this, there was always a calculus in the King's mind.

    or

    Popular opinion always entered into the King's calculus.

    Tiene sentido usar "cálculo" en estos contextos? Puedo decir "Como resultado, siempre había un cálculo en la mente del rey"? No he encontrado una buena traducción de esta palabra. Una última cosa - sé que en inglés es bastante raro este uso de "calculus", así que dudo aún más que puedo traducirla de forma literal. En todo caso, espero que podais ayudarme, ¡gracias!
     
  2. emylyo Senior Member

    España, español y gallego
    I'm not sure, but when reading the second sentence I understand the following: 'El Rey siempre tenía en cuenta la opinión popular/del pueblo'.

    Hope to be helpful!
     
  3. JDWright Senior Member

    Cochabamba, Bolivia
    English-United States
    When have you ever heard "calculus" used like that? I've never seen it and your examples seem very strange to me.
     
  4. manutd101 Senior Member

    English - United States
    Well, the examples are a bit poorly chosen, better would be to say something like "The Jews were allowed to remain, but it was always a calculus within the King's mind". It's very formal, and a bit obscure (as I sometimes tend to be). The OED uses the quotation "Were this Calculus founded on the Experience of a very great number of Years".
     
  5. fenixpollo

    fenixpollo Mod, I say, Moderator

    Arizona
    American English
    I've seen calculus used like in the second example. It's equating decision-making with doing math, in the sense that as you are weighing a decision, you are calculating possible outcomes and consequences. Here's my suggestion:

    Popular opinion always entered into the King's calculus.
    El rey siempre tomaba en cuenta la opinión del pueblo.
     
  6. donbeto

    donbeto Senior Member

    Vancouver (Canada)
    Eng (Canada)
    Yes, calculus is sometimes used like the word "calculations". So I would try something like

    La opinión del pueblo siempre estaba una consideración en el analisis del rey.
     
  7. Archilochus Senior Member

    New Mexico
    American English
    That's not all that uncommon a usage. It just means "calculations" in the sense of planning. etc.
     
  8. manutd101 Senior Member

    English - United States
    Perfecto, muchas gracias!
     
  9. Blanker New Member

    España, español y valenciano
    La opinión del pueblo siempre estaba en consideración en el analisis del rey
     

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