白馬非馬——Whitehorse, Canada

加拿大 Yukon 省內的 Whitehorse,取名自當地的白馬急流 Whitehorse Rapids。水流發出滔滔流水聲,浪花猶如一絲絲白馬的鬃毛,氣勢浩蕩。

White_Horse_Rapids_1899

Photograph by Pillsbury & Cleveland, 1899. via Wikipedia

縱然急流已因水壩的興建,長埋 Schwatka Lake 湖底,但它的存在仍殘留在該市的名稱。

可惜,鄰近地區的翻譯只是配對工,麻木、機械式地執行字音配對的指令,竭盡所能令外國的人名、地名變得陌生。在他們的筆下,Whitehorse 的白馬非馬,而是四字【懷特霍斯】……真是 /wɒt ðə fʌk/

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