1. Dion Junior Member

    México / spanish
    What does "nay-sayers" mean?
    Thanks.
     
  2. marinax Senior Member

    buenos aires
    español (Argentina)
    context, please?
     
  3. Dion Junior Member

    México / spanish
    thanks Marinax

    ... these are the cruzaders in the anti-change crowd. Sooner or later, these nay-sayers end up across the battlefield from the boss, at odds with a person they need as their ally.
     
  4. jacinta Senior Member

    California
    USA English
    Nay-sayers are people who say "no", in any context.
     
  5. marinax Senior Member

    buenos aires
    español (Argentina)
    I thought so, jacinta, but I'm not native of the language and some meaning could "slip" from my "limited" knowledge... so I always prefer to ask for context. sorry.

    also, can you explain that the sentence is not commonly used in everyday english?.........
     
  6. jacinta Senior Member

    California
    USA English
    Nay-sayers: Normally, when taking a vote in an official setting, such as in Congress or in the Legislative Chambers, the answer is Yay for yes and Nay for no. Those who vote "no" are the nay-sayers. I would say that this isn´t a commonly used term in everyday speech. If I see it in any other context, other than in official terms, I understand it.
     
  7. noroeme Senior Member

    Spanish Colombia
    Tres años después... Ja!
    Yo creo que una buena traducción para "nay-sayer" es "aguafiestas"... ¿qué les parece?
     
  8. Maika

    Maika Senior Member

    Ciudad de México
    Mexico - Spanish
    Pero aguafiestas no es sólo para los que dicen no... ¿?

    ¿Cómo quedaría "los que dicen no a todo" o "los que tienen el no en la boca" o "los negativos"?

    Llegué aquí por que tengo esta frase:

    "...he has proved many naysayers wrong with a his team’s stellar performance."

    Yo diría:

    "...les ha demostrado a muchos que dijeron que no podría que estaban equivocados con la actuación estelar de su equipo."

    ¿Está bien así?
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2009
  9. noroeme Senior Member

    Spanish Colombia
    Hola,
    En este caso, yo hablaría de los "escépticos".
     

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