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I had the word "tango" and my clue was "It takes dos to..." The word "two" wasn't allowed. I was buzzed and the opposing team said foreign words aren't allowed. My teammate even sided with them. I read the rules carefully and there is nothing that implies foreign words aren't allowed. They pretty much made up the rule. Thoughts?
 
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Aaron Morgan
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If "two" wasn't allowed, "dos" shouldn't be, either.
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nycgirl wrote:
I had the word "tango" and my clue was "It takes dos to..." The word "two" wasn't allowed. I was buzzed and the opposing team said foreign words aren't allowed. My teammate even sided with them. I read the rules carefully and there is nothing that implies foreign words aren't allowed. They pretty much made up the rule. Thoughts?


Well, if you are playing with people who speak different languages then foreign words might be ok. But for regular games if you use foreign words that might be unfair on those who do not speak the language, and I think it would be wrong to use them also, unless you have a bilingual family etc where both languages would be fine.

Common sense however would suggest that if a word in banned in English then it is banned in any language, as that defeats the purpose of the game. It is a word description game, not a translation game so using a foreign word would be against the spirit of the game. This may well not be specified in the game, as it seems redundant to even need to put it down.
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It's not kosher. Saying 'dos' IS saying 'two.'
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Mike Jones
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I'd say foreign words would be allow.

But, if a specific word is 'not allowed' it's not allowed PERIOD.

What does Dos mean? It means two.

But I'd say you could say "Se necesitan ...", I don't see why you couldn't hope your team mate speaks Spanish. ninja

 
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Dale Moore
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If it translates to a Taboo word it's a no go.

I would also say if not everybody speaks the language it should be left out due to fairness to the others. After all they would not know if you're cheating and it's a party game. It's about everyone being involved.
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My thought is that the mere fact that "dos" and "two" "mean the same thing" does not imply that you can't say "dos". They are different words, after all. If a taboo word was "advertisement", you'd be allowed to say "commercial", for example, even though they mean more or less the samething.

And anyway, there is generally not an exact one-to-one correspondence between words in different languages such that word x in language y is the "same as" word m in language n. There are always subtle differences in nuance, usage, etc: every language partitions and views the world in different ways. (That's one reason translation is tricky and interesting. See e.g. the interesting book Mouse or Rat by Umberto Eco.)

But that said, it is arguably nonetheless against the intended spirit of the game to use multiple languages (regardless of whether you use a word "very similar in meaning" to the printed word, like two/dos). If you can speak in a second language, then the English edition will (of course) place no restrictions on what you can say in that second language, and the whole point of the game is restricting what you can say, and forcing you to improvise around the restrictions. Using a second language would be simply describing the goal word with no limits on what you can say.
 
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