Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by Decker, Sep 13, 2006.
Que significa en ingles la palabra "podredumbre"?
También tenemos (en inglés): putrefaction, putridity, putridness.
Podredumbre= (Med.) pus; rotten part, rot
(Cualidad) rottenness, putrefaction (fig. Corruption)
Rottenness, decay Corruption (vino)
(Fig. Tristeza) secret sorrow, secret sadness.
You're right to say "take care", fran! (although I realise it's meant as a signing-off greeting). I've just come across "las uvas poseen una podredumbre noble..." (talking of a "vino tardío" - c/f my post querying that in English), which is clearly using "podredumbre" in a positive sense that isn't adequately expressed by all the negative terms suggested so far in English as possible translations for "podredumbre". I'm not sure that "the grapes have a noble decay/rottenness/corruption" is acceptable in English, even allowing for the highly creative and esoteric phrases that wine-tasters come up with!
Can anyone help? (despite being a native Eng. speaker my mind's a blank!)
Just in case that someone is still looking for the translation of 'podredumbre' used in wine-terminology: the latin word is BOTRYTIS CINEREA, or 'noble rot' in English.
The 'Wine Doctor' (by Chris Kissack) says:
Nothing is known of when the eternal romance between the grape and the fungal organism known as Botrytis cinerea began. I like to imagine that the wonderful wines which result from the interaction of the two have provided one or two winemakers with private, individual revelations over the centuries, although in reality I think this is unlikely to be true. (...)
Today, (...) Botrytis, or Noble Rot, or Pourriture Noble in French, is of importance in many wine regions (...).
So... clearly not negative
What a lovely insight, sev, thanks!
Yes, I'm a great fan of these wonders of nature, how "mould" and "decay" are in fact potential for what might almost be termed "alchemy", not only the "magic" of turning apparently rotten fruit into glorious wines and converting the otherwise fattening and tooth-decaying sugars into their heady alcoholic content, but the "miracle" of mouldy bread and cheese turning out to bear the early wonder-drug penicillin, etc.
Indeed, all very "noble"!
Thank you Sev75. Your anwer helped me some years later.
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