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Not a nice expression

Posted by R. Berg on March 05, 2003

In Reply to: Not a nice expression posted by ESC on March 05, 2003

: : I translate part of a movie (tomb raider) and I have to translate into Hebrew the expression "holy s h i t". that is why I want to understand the exact meaning of it and of course in the right context:
: : It's when Lara gets a letter from her dead father and Bryce says: "Blimey" and Hillary says: "Holy shh..."

: : To me it sounds like surprise, or amazement.
: : Thank you

: Yes, it is an expression of surprise and amazement. The news is shocking. But there is a comic element in my opinion. A person wouldn't say "Holy sh*t!" about something tragic. A similar expression would be "Wow!"

"Blimey" is a very British expression of amazement. "Holy s***" is--I suspect but do not know--a very American expression of amazement. This may make a difference to your translation.