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Patripas



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:18 am    Post subject: Translate a word Reply with quote

hello everybody.
I have been trying to translate a spanish word: "retrato robot". but, in the dictionary, I have only seen a bad translation: "portrait robot"
a "retrato robot" is: when someone wants to describe a thief, a robber or a suspicious person, he tells the description to a policeman. the policeman makes a picture of the robber with the computer. RETRATO ROBOT is the picture that have made the policeman with the victim description.
now, I need your help, please.
HOW CAN I SAY "RETRATO ROBOT" IN ENGLISH??? Im sure that in a vocabulary book it could appear.
please please please... I need you. tell me the translation please!!!!
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dduck



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2003 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the expression you're looking for is a "mug shot". Normally, this is just a picture: head and shoulders only. I don't know if there is a written description associated with a mug shot.

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obelix



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2003 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There used to be a device called "Identikit" which enabled a trained policeman to generate a picture of a suspect based on a witness' description.
It consisted of clear plastic sheets each of which would have a different type of facial feature (mouth, eyes nose etc.). The witness would pick whichever feature seemed the most like the suspect's and by laying the sheets on top of each other a picture would be made.
This used to be called an "Identikit picture"

I think they have now transferred this to computers and it is much more flexible and accurate.
This is useually referred to as a "computer-generated likeness of a suspect"
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dduck



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2003 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

obelix wrote:
There used to be a device called "Identikit" which enabled a trained policeman to generate a picture of a suspect based on a witness' description.
It consisted of clear plastic sheets each of which would have a different type of facial feature (mouth, eyes nose etc.). The witness would pick whichever feature seemed the most like the suspect's and by laying the sheets on top of each other a picture would be made.
This used to be called an "Identikit picture"


What he said.

Note to self, read - I mean actually READ the question before answering. Embarassed

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bud



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2003 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the US, I think that they call a picture made from a witness's description a composite picture, or a composite drawing or a composite sketch. The first would be used for the methods referred to by Obelix. The last two would be used if an artist drew the picture.
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