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Thu, 09/01/2016 - 00:00 Erika Baker

Bacon… or ham… or what? A conversation among translators

This delicious piece of South Tyrolean "Speck" was struggling to find a translation into English and so I asked on a forum of qualified translators.
South Tyrolean websites always translate it as ham, following the example of Parma ham.
But many English speaking tourists, when reading menus and imagining what they might fancy, tend to think of ham as a cooked, pink meat, eaten either hot or cold.
Bacon doesn’t work either, because this Speck can be eaten without further cooking, something I would not recommend for your average British bacon.