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英語でリラックマな気分(2)

Relakkuma is synonymous with
everything that has to do with
veging out, chilling out, mellowing out,
and inseparably associated with
everything that puts your mind at rest.
Sometimes, such easy-going, almost nonchalant outlook of his
leaves this pseudo-bear lost to the world,
not in any serious meditative state
but rather purely and simply being absent-minded.
In its picture book series,
you often find this slacker bear
depicted in a blissful stupor,
or simply put, as being spaced out.
One caption accompanying such an illustration reads
「担当の者がいないので分かりません」,
which means, when literally translated,
"I cannot possibly answer
 because a person responsible/ a person in charge is unavailable now".
Off course, in this case
the author must have tried to get across that
"Part of my grey matter/ my mental stuff is currently unavailable
so that I cannot think anything at all".
This poses a question:
How can this kind of tongue-in-cheek sentence be translated into English
while preserving its humorous sense intact?
I would use the word "faculty".
For one thing, "the faculty" means
all the academic staff
belonging to a particular educational institute.
So if you happen to see a notice
being put up at some medical school,
saying "The mental faculty is now unavailable,"
it can mean
all the doctors and other academic staff
in the psychiatry/psychology department
cannot meet you at the moment.
But the word also has another sense
that refers to your mental capability.
Therefore, my rendition would be like:
"I cannot possibly answer
 as the mental faculty is currently unavailable.
"


It's often said that
it is near impossible to translate
some kind of humor, especially a pun.
But if you are lucky,
and more importantly, knowledgeable enough,
you will be able to prevent
such humor from being lost in translation.

この英文の日本語版は,近日中に掲載予定です.どうぞお楽しみに。
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