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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Yasna » 2016-09-24, 13:49

linguoboy wrote:(For instance, if an executive got a bonus for performance before it was discovered this was the result of trickery rather than actual hard work.)

Watching Warren eviscerate Stumpf was some of the best television I've seen in months. He may escape this ordeal with his millions intact, but at least he'll live in infamy for the rest of his life.
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Postby linguoboy » 2016-09-24, 15:19

Yasna wrote:
linguoboy wrote:(For instance, if an executive got a bonus for performance before it was discovered this was the result of trickery rather than actual hard work.)

Watching Warren eviscerate Stumpf was some of the best television I've seen in months. He may escape this ordeal with his millions intact, but at least he'll live in infamy for the rest of his life.

I'm so used to people using "Drumpf" for "Trump" these days that when I first saw Stumpf's name in print, I thought it was the same phenom, not his actual name.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby mōdgethanc » 2016-09-24, 19:01

linguoboy wrote:I'm so used to people using "Drumpf" for "Trump" these days that when I first saw Stumpf's name in print, I thought it was the same phenom, not his actual name.
I, too, was momentarily stumpfed and thought the same thing.

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Postby vijayjohn » 2016-09-24, 19:50

:lol:

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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Michael » 2016-09-30, 2:23

linguoboy wrote:]I'm so used to people using "Drumpf" for "Trump" these days that when I first saw Stumpf's name in print, I thought it was the same phenom, not his actual name.

I also thought that "Drumpf" was merely a play on words, akin to "Shitlary" for Sec. Clinton, but it was actually Donald's grandfather's original surname.

Speaking of Trump, here's a word I learnt from a Vox article writing about his peculiar oratory style:
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not even close
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Postby linguoboy » 2016-10-09, 4:34

Michael wrote:
linguoboy wrote:]I'm so used to people using "Drumpf" for "Trump" these days that when I first saw Stumpf's name in print, I thought it was the same phenom, not his actual name.

I also thought that "Drumpf" was merely a play on words, akin to "Shitlary" for Sec. Clinton, but it was actually Donald's grandfather's original surname.

Or it wasn't. But saying it was certainly makes for a more entertaining segment on a comedy programme.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Car » 2016-10-09, 11:41

linguoboy wrote:
Michael wrote:
linguoboy wrote:]I'm so used to people using "Drumpf" for "Trump" these days that when I first saw Stumpf's name in print, I thought it was the same phenom, not his actual name.

I also thought that "Drumpf" was merely a play on words, akin to "Shitlary" for Sec. Clinton, but it was actually Donald's grandfather's original surname.

Or it wasn't. But saying it was certainly makes for a more entertaining segment on a comedy programme.

Yep, some German sources I read don't mention that at all. E.g. I read this article some time ago and while searching, came across this one. One article actually mentions it, though, but not as Donald's last name. Seriously, there are tons of articles about his ancestors.
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Postby IpseDixit » 2016-10-30, 9:45

Yesterday I learned some Swiss Italian words:

 (it-ch) natel -  (it) cellulare - cell phone
 (it-ch) bilux -  (it) freccia - blinker
 (it-ch) rolladen -  (it) saracinesca - shutter
 (it-ch) classatore -  (it) raccoglitore - binder
 (it-ch) riservazione -  (it) prenotazione - reservation (as in a reservation at a restaurant)
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Postby Car » 2016-10-30, 14:04

IpseDixit wrote: (it-ch) natel -  (it) cellulare - cell phone


It's originally a Swisscom brand.

 (it-ch) rolladen -  (it) saracinesca - shutter

Roll(l)aden is the German word for it (the spelling with triple L is the new one); funnily enough the German Wikipedia mentions they also call it Store in Swiss standard German.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby OldBoring » 2016-10-30, 15:12

Really? I thought rolladen was also a brand.
After IpseDixit's post I watched some RSI (the Italian Swiss Radio company) radio programs online that talk about the Swiss Italian language. They said that one reason brand names are used so much in Switzerland is because they don't need to be translated into the three/four national languages and so are preferred in advertising and business.

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Postby vijayjohn » 2016-10-30, 23:55

Classatore sounds like a calque on French classeur.

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Postby linguoboy » 2016-10-31, 2:36

IpseDixit wrote: (it-ch) bilux -  (it) freccia - car winker

"Blinker", "indicator", or "turn signal".
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Postby IpseDixit » 2016-10-31, 6:48

linguoboy wrote:
IpseDixit wrote: (it-ch) bilux -  (it) freccia - car winker

"Blinker", "indicator", or "turn signal".


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Postby Car » 2016-10-31, 10:50

OldBoring wrote:Really? I thought rolladen was also a brand.

No, just a normal German compound.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby OldBoring » 2016-10-31, 17:47

IpseDixit wrote: (it-ch) bilux -  (it) freccia - blinker

I googled this, and it seems it means "fari abbaglianti" - brights, high beams; or according to other sources "lampeggiamento degli abbaglianti" - headlight flashing; with the verb "biluxare/fare i bilux".

Car wrote:No, just a normal German compound.

Yeah. So it's not clear if the word was borrowed directly from the normal German word, or spread to non-German Switzerland through the brand Rolladen. :wink:

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Postby Car » 2016-11-01, 12:19

OldBoring wrote:
IpseDixit wrote: (it-ch) bilux -  (it) freccia - blinker

I googled this, and it seems it means "fari abbaglianti" - brights, high beams; or according to other sources "lampeggiamento degli abbaglianti" - headlight flashing; with the verb "biluxare/fare i bilux".

It seems to be another brand name:
"The 1924 Bilux bulb was the first modern unit, having the light for both low (dipped) and high (main) beams of a headlamp emitting from a single bulb."
"This system was first used with the tungsten incandescent Bilux/Duplo R2 bulb of 1954, and later with the halogen H4 bulb of 1971."
Both from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headlamp

Car wrote:No, just a normal German compound.

Yeah. So it's not clear if the word was borrowed directly from the normal German word, or spread to non-German Switzerland through the brand Rolladen. :wink:

Ah, I see.
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Postby Michael » 2016-11-02, 4:40

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Postby razlem » 2016-11-20, 6:54

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Postby Dormouse559 » 2016-11-20, 21:49

razlem wrote: (en-us) ombudsman
Such a funny word shape. NPR posts little reports by its ombudsman from time to time. It's interesting to get a glimpse at how the organization sees itself, especially on controversial issues.
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