Cloth showing Zodiac signs

We had a Twitter conversation a couple of weeks ago about Zodiac signs and the sort of character traits that make for good translators/editors. I thought it would be interesting — and fun — to see if there’s any correlation between a person’s zodiac sign and their choice of translation/editing as a career. So I’ve devised this scientifically and statistically rigorous (not!) poll to try to find out.

If you’re not a translator or editor, please take the second poll (you’ll need to scroll a bit — sorry!) so that we can compare the results.

Thank you!

Photo courtesy of Leo Reynolds

By Marian Dougan

7 Responses to “Translating the Zodiac: take our poll”  

  1. 1 limr

    I’m not a translator or editor, but my degree is in linguistics and education, and I’ve been teaching ESL and writing professionally for 15 years. I took the second poll because I don’t know if that’s close enough to editing, but it’s related. I don’t know a second language good enough to translate, but I know several enough to deal with day-to-day living in a place that speaks that language. I’m a Pisces (with my moon in Virgo and Scorpio rising, which tempers the Piscean wishy-washiness!)

  2. 2 wordstogoodeffect

    Thanks. Your profession’s pretty close to the translation/editing category, but the second poll’s probably more appropriate. It’ll be interesting to see the results once a few more people have taken part (10pm on a Saturday isn’t the best time to post a blog poll!)

  3. 3 Marga Blankestijn

    nice! would be interesting statistically if you’d add birthdates, -times and – places. Virgo in the lead is not surprising at all, sign of nitpickers 😉 and ruled by Mercury, who in turn rules language, communication and commerce.

  4. 4 wordstogoodeffect

    Thanks, Marga. Virgo is no longer in the lead, in spite of our nitpicking tendencies.I could probably have refined the poll with various parameters, but statistics aren’t my strong point!

  5. 5 Marga Blankestijn

    I’m useless with any numbers, let alone statistics 😉

  6. 6 Caret_top

    My husband and I have same birthday. I work in publishing but he works in engineering and is very much into computer programming. So as much as I like the idea of there being a link, I’m doubtful.

  7. 7 wordstogoodeffect

    Wow! The same birthday. Was that one of the points that brought you together?

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