Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Chapter 5: An Excess of Phlegm
Where a Vietnamese word has been borrowed from Chinese, the original Chinese character is shown in parentheses.
Niántán guò duō
niántán = 'phlegm'.
过多 guò duō = 'too much'.
|Phlegm in excess|
Mǎn wūzi wār
|滿 mǎn = 'full, the whole'.
屋子 wūzi = 'room'.
蛙兒 wār = 'frog'.
|Room full of frog|
Nurā ga bettori
|ヌラー nurā = 'Nura', a subtle variation on Fleur (by substituting ヌ nu for フ fu in フラー Furā). Nurā has a sticky, slimy feeling.
が ga = subject particle
べっとり bettori = 'thickly covered in (blood, etc.)'.
|Covered in sticky N'leur|
|Vietnamese||Hơi bị nhớt||hơi = 'gas, vapour, odour; small, a little'. (?)
bị (被) = particle indicating 'suffering or experiencing something unpleasant'.
nhớt = 'mucus, mucilage, slime'.
|A little afflicted by mucus (?)|
This chapter title refers to Ginny's contemptuous nickname for Fleur Delacour, her brother's girlfriend, which likens her to phlegm, both for the similarity of sound ('Fleur' and 'phlegm'), and presumably for Fleur's use of throaty-sounding French 'r's when speaking English.
For the treatment of 'Fleur' and 'Phlegm' as an exercise in word play, see the page on Fleur / Phlegm.
For the chapter title, the Mainland Chinese translator goes for the quite literal 'excess of phlegm'.
The Taiwanese translator uses the word 滿 mǎn meaning 'full', which is used colloquially to mean 'all over, everywhere', as in the spoken expression 滿世界 mǎnshìjiè literally 'all over the world' or more colloquially 'everywhere'. Here it is used in the expression 滿屋子 mǎn wūzi 'all throughout the room'. Combined with Fleur's nickname, this becomes 'a room full of frogs'.
The Japanese translator has Ginny call フラー Furā by the name ヌラー Nurā, which sounds slimy in an onomatopoeic sense The stickiness is emphasised by using べっとり, meaning 'sticky, gooey, or covered in something'.
The Vietnamese translator speaks literally of 'being afflicted by mucus'. The sense of being 'afflicted' by Fleur Delacour is captured, but unfortunately the pun on Fleur and Phlegm is not.