English "laydown" = French "application"? Jargon?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Feb 3 18:35:36 UTC 2008

But "laydown" is more memorable, vivid, and colorful than "application."

  And that's what I want in a good crayon!


Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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Subject: English "laydown" = French "application"? Jargon?

On a box of "colored," i.e. coloring, pencils bought by my wife,

"Smooth, rich color _laydown_"

is rendered into French as:

"_Application_ de couleur lisse et riche"

Perhaps English "laydown" = French "application" is jargon of the
field of coloring books. I wouldn't have expected "laydown" instead of
"application" to be used in this context in English.

I checked and it does say, "Made in U.S.A." / "Fabriqué en É.-U."

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