[hackerspaces] Translating word 'hackerspace' to other languages?

Yves Quemener quemener.yves at free.fr
Sat Aug 28 14:11:07 CEST 2010

Here in Grenoble, France, when we want to avoid to put 'hacker', we call it
a "laboratoire ouvert" (open laboratory) but usually "hackerspace" is a far
superior way of opening the discussion :-)

On 08/28/2010 01:46 PM, das ende der nahrungskette wrote:
> in german we don't translate it... it's still hackerspace.
> i mean, we also don't translate basketball or cursor. and if people do it it just sounds silly.
> the benefit of language is its ability to adapt. and if a foreign term makes sense you don't need to find a local one...
> Sent via Brain-Computer Interface.
> On 28.08.2010, at 13:32, Jarkko Moilanen <Jarkko.Moilanen at uta.fi> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> The following might sound childish, but respecting own language (as well as other languages) is fundamental to some of us, at least for me.
>> I was wondering how people from non-English speaking countries have translated the word 'hackerspace'? The issue has been around among Finnish hackers for several months and we can't seem to find a solution to this. We need to talk about hackerspaces is Finnish to non-hackers and alike and a good word is definitely needed. Some Finnish hackers use term 'hacklab' but it is not Finnish. Everyone knows that direct translation hardly ever works.
>> How to translate hackerspace to single and similar striking word in other languages? Of course we can use longer term or give an explanation, which we do, but that is not ideal. I bet others have found solutions to this situation. Could you give us some light or direction how to solve this issue? Or is it just a question of time; a suitable word will just pop up?
>> Oh! and sorry if I wasted your time (and inbox space) with this ridiculous non-technical question ;)
>> cheers,
>> Jarkko
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