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Running In?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by SouthBound, Jan 1, 2012.

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  1. SouthBound

    SouthBound Active Member

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    I just got a new Brebbia, and there was a nice little instruction manual in the box. The break in procedure was explained as follows:

    RUNNING IN
    Please always smoke a pipe with short gentle puffs to enjoy the smoke taste in your mouth. If you cannot hold the bowl of your pipe for more than ten seconds without burning your hands, you are also burning your pipe because you are overheating it (your puffs are too long and too frequent).
    This observation is fundamental if your pipe is to last a long time, but is essential until he cake inside the bowl has formed enough to protect the briar wood from the direct fire. The cake should therefore be left and not scraped away. It must however be trimmed away to 2 mm, because if it is too thick, when it heats up it could crack the bowl.
    Please never forget that although briar wood is resistant to fire it is still wood. Consequently if you do not run your pipe in or you overheat it you could burn it.

    All punctuation and syntax is rendered exactly as it appears in the manual. It seems like a little is lost in translation. I guess "running in" is a Europianization of "breaking in". What are your thoughts?
     
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  2. nesta

    nesta Well-Known Member

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    I think you're correct, it probably means what you or I may call "breaking in" which, if you think about it, doesn't make any more sense - it's just more familiar phrasing.
     
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  3. Arkie

    Arkie Active Member

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    I've never heard the breaking-in processdescribed like that but it's actually fairly accurate.
     
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  4. HCraven

    HCraven Active Member

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    My guess is that it's more like a literal translation from Italian. Though manufacturers usually take care to translate instructions coherently into the language of the destination country, the people who do the translation usually speak it (English in this case) as a second language and are often not aware of the idioms used by the native speakers of that language in that country. "Breaking in" is such an idiom, and probably sounds horribly destructive to someone who isn't familiar with everyday spoken English.
     
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  5. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    "short gentle puffs.." sure ok but can I have a gulp once in awhile?
     
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  6. Lestrade

    Lestrade Active Member

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    "Smoke slowly and as cool as possible".:puffy:
     
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  7. SouthBound

    SouthBound Active Member

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    Yeah, English as a second language is a given for this translator.
    I wonder ....... if I offered my services as an editor, could I get a few free pipes out of the deal? This is a really sweet smoking little baby.

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  8. Old Ted

    Old Ted Active Member

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    ....."short gentle puffs" - a couple rented the house next door once!...real nice guys! :D
    ( probably understood by Brits! );)
    OT
     
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  9. soundlzrd

    soundlzrd Active Member

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    I take it your not on the Isle of Man then, unless that law has changed.
     
  10. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    :laff:
     
  11. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

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    I do not see a problem with these instructions they are instructions for breaking in a new pipe. :doh:
     
  12. Preacher1611

    Preacher1611 Active Member

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    I'm in agreement with everybody else on this one, running in, breaking in, both the same thing. I do like how it comes with instructions though, it would be very helpful to someone just learning to smoke a pipe. :puffy:
     
  13. SSGpiper

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    "Running In" is often used in regards to "Breaking in" machinery. For instance, machines I operated in the Navy, had certain procedures and limitations to be followed during the initial "Run In Period".
     
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