# Biblatex 'origlanguage' field and output customization

I need to specify original language and the translator in the bibliography list, but it spits out a grammatically incorrect (Correct me if I have been a victim of Muphry's laws):

Trans. from the German by ...

So how can I get rid of the word 'the' in the Bibliography? I saw it in brackets in the biblatex manual and was wondering, what do the brackets mean.

As usual, minimal working example:

\documentclass{scrartcl}

\usepackage[
style=authoryear,
citestyle=apa,
backend=biber
]{biblatex}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@misc{A01,
author = {Author, A.},
year = {2001},
title = {Alpha},
origlanguage = {german},
translator = {Buthor, B.}
}
\end{filecontents}

\title{MWE}
\author{Me}

\begin{document}
\maketitle

This is the only citation \parencite{A01}.

\printbibliography

\end{document}

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Use of "the" is typical in English bibliographies. Presumably this is a shortening of the phrase "translated from the <language> original". To redefine the strings add the following to your preamble.

\DefineBibliographyStrings{english}{
fromamerican     = {from American},
frombrazilian    = {from Brazilian},
fromcroatian     = {from Croatian},
fromdanish       = {from Danish},
fromdutch        = {from Dutch},
fromenglish      = {from English},
fromfinnish      = {from Finnish},
fromfrench       = {from French},
fromgerman       = {from German},
fromgreek        = {from Greek},
fromitalian      = {from Italian},
fromlatin        = {from Latin},
fromnorwegian    = {from Norwegian},
fromportuguese   = {from Portuguese},
fromrussian      = {from Russian},
fromspanish      = {from Spanish},
fromswedish      = {from Swedish},
}

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Thanks a lot for this. I was banging my head against the wall for a while and could not think why biblatex would want to put 'the' there. –  gns-ank Feb 22 '13 at 21:40