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I've been reading Spanish Dilbert comics here

The sentences I don't understand, I've been typing and entering into

For the phrase: "¿Has visto el sujetador de corbata que me dieron por 20 años de servicio?", it translated: "Have you seen the bra tie I got for 20 years of service?"

Is there really such a thing as a "bra tie"? Or does "sujetador de corbata" mean a "clip-on tie" or what?

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I voted closed because automatic translators generate lot of nonsense. You would have a question to clarify mistakes generated by the unability of computers to correctly translate. – c.p. Apr 29 '14 at 20:50
up vote 4 down vote accepted

It's not a clip-on tie, but a tie clip. Google images gives you a good clue in this case.

bra tie is a clear case of bad automatic word by word translation.

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Alfiler de corbata would IMHO definitely be the correct translation, as suggested in the other answer. – deStrangis Apr 29 '14 at 12:47
@deStrangis the question was not about translating tie clip to Spanish, but to translate sujetador de corbata to English. Anyway, I don't think there is a "correct" term in Spanish, as there are regional variations. In Argentina it would be called sujeta corbatas. – rsanchez Apr 29 '14 at 12:55

I don't know if sujetador de corbata is the right term, but it might be since in each country it might be called different. I think it refers to a tie clip. In Spain it is usually called pasador de corbata o clip de corbata. Also alfiler de corbata might be used, although I am not sure if it might be a slightly different complement to hold the tie in place clipping it to the shirt.

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