Posted by R. Berg on March 18, 2004
In Reply to: Hi Berg posted by Miri Barak on March 18, 2004
: : : : : : : *On the low end*, a three-pack of agile, pint-sized, carnivores.
: : : : : : : Again I'm in need of your indispensable help:
: : : : : : : is it simply the end of somewhere, which is lower, that is a location?
: : : : : : : because later they say:
: : : : : : : "Towering above them..."
: : : : : : : Thanks a lot
: : : : : : Almost certainly a reference to their small size. An interesting choice of words, though. "On the low end" is often used to describe those items that are cheapest on a price list or menu. The metaphor works if my guess is right.
: : : : : "But no one's *wired to stay afraid* for too long, including Pod"
: : : : : somehow I don't understand this sentence. I know that wired is excited or nervous but what does he want to say exactly?
: : : : : Thanks a lot
: : : : Wired = hardwired? Pod can choose whether to continue to be afraid.
: : For "low end," more context is needed. Are you still translating something about a veterinary hospital? "On the low end" might mean the three carnivores have lower priority; their case isn't an emergency, and the doctor doesn't have to see them before other patients. It might mean instead that the doctor doesn't much want to treat them.
: : "Wired" doesn't mean "nervous" here. It means "biologically programmed." Pod's brain won't sustain prolonged fear.
: Thank you Berg for your help.
: This time it's not the veterinary hospital, but a discovery film on dinosaurs.
: different kind of dinosaurs are described and among them - "at the low end" are three small ones (they are raptors):
: "On the low end, a three-pack of agile, pint-sized, carnivores
: Towering above them, a skyline of titanosaurs, Europe's foremost vegetarians".
: The two are contrasted in their height. perhaps it is just a reference to their height?
: I accepted the explanation about the programme thank you.
: Thanks, miri
In that context, "on the low end" probably does refer to their height. Use of the phrase this way seems intended to be amusing.