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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2015-03-15, 14:15

 (ga) éiric "eric fine"

In traditional Irish law, this was the equivalent of wergild, i.e. recompense for the murder or maiming of someone. In the modern language it has taken on the meaning of "compensation" (e.g. suim airgid in éiric a chuid den talamh "a sum of money in lieu of his share of the land") or "retribution". I came across it in reference to the ransom demanded by the Spanish for the life of Atahualpa, the last Incan Emperor, which strikes me as sort of bass-ackwards, since it was the Spanish who ended up killing him unlawfully.
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Postby Limagne » 2015-03-15, 14:33

 (fa) انگشتانه (angoshtane) - thimble
 (en) thimble

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Dormouse559 » 2015-03-15, 17:07

 (fr) bévue - blunder, gaffe (from a French article about the latest Secret Service scandal)
N'hésite pas à corriger mes erreurs.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Yasna » 2015-03-16, 23:56

 (zh) 滞胀 - stagflation
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2015-03-17, 13:34

 (lld) almoto - evidently

It's a pity I don't know any Ladin etymological dictionaries because I'd be curious to know the origin of this word.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Bernard » 2015-03-17, 17:57

IpseDixit wrote:... Ladin etymological dictionaries...
Ciao, IpseDixit!
Nella biblioteca dell‘università di Düsseldorf si trova l’ “Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Dolomitenladinischen” (cioè „Dizionario etimologico del ladino dolomitico”, Amburgo 1988-1998). È un’opera in 8 volumi pubblicata a cura di Johannes Kramer. Spero che questo dizionario sia accessibile anche a Firenze.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2015-03-17, 18:03

Bernard wrote:
IpseDixit wrote:... Ladin etymological dictionaries...
Ciao, IpseDixit!
Nella biblioteca dell‘università di Düsseldorf si trova l’ “Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Dolomitenladinischen” (cioè „Dizionario etimologico del ladino dolomitico”, Amburgo 1988-1998). È un’opera in 8 volumi pubblicata a cura di Johannes Kramer. Spero che questo dizionario sia accessibile anche a Firenze.


:o Darò un'occhiata al sito della Biblioteca Nazionale di Firenze. Grazie mille per questa informazione!

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Ho controllato e ce l'hanno! :)

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2015-03-18, 14:22

Not exactly one word but anyway...

 (la) rara avis - lit: rare bird, used in Italian to mean a person of rare qualities or alternatively a very unlikely event.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Bernard » 2015-03-18, 14:47

 (it) lappare (bere come fanno i cani, to lick up with tongue)

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Postby IpseDixit » 2015-03-18, 14:56

Bernard wrote: (it) lappare (bere come fanno i cani, to lick up with tongue)

Dove l'hai trovata? Non la conoscevo...

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Bernard » 2015-03-18, 15:09

IpseDixit wrote:...Dove l'hai trovata? Non la conoscevo...
Ciao! Ho letto questa frase: "... mentre il cane lappava il fango incrostato alla ricerca di acqua ...".
Cf. Zingarelli, 10a edizione, s.v. lappare (p. 934).

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Postby linguoboy » 2015-03-18, 18:11

IpseDixit wrote:Not exactly one word but anyway...

 (la) rara avis - lit: rare bird, used in Italian to mean a person of rare qualities or alternatively a very unlikely event.
Eh, I would call this a single word despite being written as two. Neither "rara" nor "avis" exists on its own in English, but we use "rara avis" in the same way.

 (ko) 통역 [通譯] - interpretation

I was in the Social Security office today and there was a message display which flashed announcements about how to secure an interpreter in various languages, Korean among them. I deciphered this word on the basis of 교통 "intercourse, traffic" and 번역 "translation".
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2015-03-18, 21:18

 (en) scion
 (en) ragamuffin
 (en) jester
 (en) solon
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2015-03-18, 21:28

 (fr) scion

("Tip of a fishing rod", really?)
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2015-03-19, 1:18

 (en) soup, I didn't know it could also mean fog.
 (en-US) hot rod
 (en) spittoon / cuspidor

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Postby linguoboy » 2015-03-19, 2:34

IpseDixit wrote: (en) soup, I didn't know it could also mean fog.
Only metaphorically. Like maybe you could get away with, "You can't see a damn thing in this soup!" because the fog is actually there, but if you said, "We were driving in soup all the way!" no one would know what the hell you were talking about.

However, I have heard "pea-souper" for a particularly dense fog.
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Postby melski » 2015-03-19, 8:36

 (wls) menasi
To do the cleaning/housework

It's actually a loanword from French ménage
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Koko » 2015-03-19, 8:57

linguoboy wrote:
IpseDixit wrote: (en) soup, I didn't know it could also mean fog.
Only metaphorically. Like maybe you could get away with, "You can't see a damn thing in this soup!" because the fog is actually there, but if you said, "We were driving in soup all the way!" no one would know what the hell you were talking about.

However, I have heard "pea-souper" for a particularly dense fog.

Yet another use of a word completely unbeknownst to me! I ought to start doing some digging >.< That's a stupid figure though >.> I'm sad that now I have learned it myself u.u

Comunque,  (it) inciampare to trip, stumble, falter
Also smoking: for some reason this is tuxedo? I can kind of see why :lol:
 (it) Correggimi per favore (se lo sbaglio è grave, sennò non correggermi perché potrei correggermelo da solo)  (bg) Българският не е руски  (cs) Jsem krásný jazyk. :D ^^

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Car » 2015-03-19, 9:58

Koko wrote:Also smoking: for some reason this is tuxedo? I can kind of see why :lol:

That's also called Smoking in German and apparently also in lots of other languages:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuxedo (check the other languages section).
Please correct my mistakes!

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2015-03-19, 13:11

 (en) ecumenopolis
 (en) imp
 (en) reeve
 (en) reamer
 (en) underling
 (en) signet
 (en) curio
 (en) kayo
 (en) taro
 (en) pillory


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