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Will someone fluent in the French language please translate the name of the (fictional)...

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mwhoopee | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 26, 2009 at 1:33 AM via web

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Will someone fluent in the French language please translate the name of the (fictional) superhero "The Batman" ?  Thank you!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 31, 2009 at 10:39 AM (Answer #1)

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In French if one wishes to make a name out of a noun and an adjective, the only way to do this is to say the man of ____ So, if one wishes to make a name out of two nouns, they may become a hyphenated noun.

Perhaps, then, "The Batman" would be something like this:

L'homme(man)-chauve-souris (bat).

This is just an educated guess since no one else has volunteered.

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madmadsen | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 8, 2009 at 1:20 PM (Answer #2)

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I have to agree with my collegue here.

Batman = L'homme chauve-souris.

But I would hardly reommend to use this translation, Batman is known as Batman all over the world (just the pronounciation is otherwise).

 

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