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No hay es que ni pero que valga (No hay (ni) pero que valga)

 

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Old April 21, 2016, 02:11 PM
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No hay es que ni pero que valga (No hay (ni) pero que valga)

Here is another phrase from Tintin comic book.

CONTEXT: Captain is yelling at Tintin.

PHRASE: No hay es que ni pero que valga.

This is a tough one to translate!
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Old April 21, 2016, 03:14 PM
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It depends on a wider context, but it seems a so-so translation of something equivalent to "no ifs, ands or buts"
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I think you will find more commonly "no hay (ni) pero que valga", which means something like "there is no excuse".
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Old April 26, 2016, 02:08 PM
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Okay, thanks.

I thought "valga" means "to be worth something".

How did you arrive at that?
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The verb "valer" also conveys the idea that something is useful. That's how it's used in this expression.
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Here valer means "be used as a defense or protection":

no hay excusa que valga
no le valdrá su amistad con el juez
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