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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby księżycowy » 2019-10-21, 10:16

Well, now that you've said that, it's all I can see.

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Ciarán12 » 2019-10-30, 13:18

Today, while explaining the new invoicing system to one of our contractors, I said "if you need to cover a separate item" instead of "if you need to charge a separate item" because (pt-br) cobrar = (en-gb) charge...

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Osias » 2019-10-30, 23:05

But it's cobrir... :hmm:
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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Ciarán12 » 2019-10-30, 23:19

Osias wrote:Bit it's cobrir... :hmm:


Cobrir means to cover, but cobrar sounds like "cover" too (and in my head that's what I've always associated it with), hence the confusion.

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Osias » 2019-10-31, 0:05

Pra piorar ainda temos couvert artístico, que deve ter vindo do Francês...
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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Ciarán12 » 2019-10-31, 0:20

Osias wrote:Pra piorar ainda temos couvert artístico, que deve ter vindo do Francês...


Nunca ouvi, qual o significado? E vocês pronunciam como? kou-ver-tchi ou ku-ver ?

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Osias » 2019-10-31, 0:25

Ciarán12 wrote:
Osias wrote:Pra piorar ainda temos couvert artístico, que deve ter vindo do Francês...


Nunca ouvi, qual o significado? E vocês pronunciam como? kou-ver-tchi ou ku-ver ?

É uma taxa extra que se paga quando se está num restaurante/lanchonete/etc e tem um artista/banda tocando, que supostamente vai pro artista. Cada um pronuncia de um jeito, acho. Sei lá. Prestarei mais atenção da próxima vez que ouvir.
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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Saim » 2019-11-01, 14:47

I’ve noticed a lot of English terms related to politics and debate getting a much wider, generic meaning lately.

For example, “gaslighting” originally meant manipulatively making someone question their sense of reality, but I’ve seen it used more and more over the past year or so to the point where it refers to any dishonest or disingenuous behaviour. Similarly, some people seem to use “disingenuous” to mean “incorrect” or “nonsense”.

Another thing is the words “stooge” and “shill”. Originally it meant someone who was actively working for a certain group or individual for their own material benefit, but lately I’ve seen people use it to mean someone who is (supposedly) duped into believing in “mainstream” narratives or random people on the internet who support this or that candidate for the US presidency.

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby linguoboy » 2019-11-01, 14:58

Saim wrote:Similarly, some people seem to use “disingenuous” to mean “incorrect” or “nonsense”.

It seemed to me I've been hearing "disingenuous" more often lately, but I hadn't noticed there was a meaning shift. That would be a shame; it's a favourite word of mine because I think it's important to identify and call out this sort of behaviour.

Saim wrote:Another thing is the words “stooge” and “shill”. Originally it meant someone who was actively working for a certain group or individual for their own material benefit, but lately I’ve seen people use it to mean someone who is (supposedly) duped into believing in “mainstream” narratives or random people on the internet who support this or that candidate for the US presidency.

IMD, a "stooge" is someone who's been duped whereas a "shill" knows full well what they're doing. Kellyanne Conway is a shill, whereas Sondland comes off more as a stooge.
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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-11-07, 22:21

My brother and sister-in-law say they've been hearing "slam" all the time in the news lately, which they seem to find a bit odd. Always these headlines about someone "slamming" someone else.
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I think maybe Boehner is more common than Spoede in the US.
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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby linguoboy » 2019-11-07, 22:55

vijayjohn wrote:
linguoboy wrote:We routinely anglicise German names with <oe> (i.e. /ø:/) to /e:/, e.g. “Boehner”, “Spoede”. (The latter is /‘spe:di:/, not */spo:d/.)

I think maybe Boehner is more common than Spoede in the US.

I think I just used the first two examples that occurred to me. (Spoede Road is an important thoroughfare near where I grew up.) A more prominent example would be Groening, the surname of the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama. (In his comic strip, Life in Hell, he explained that it "rhymes with 'complaining'".) Another St Louis example is "Red" Schoendienst, former manager of the baseball Cardinals. David Koechner, whose face most people recognise from the Anchorman films and the US version of The Office pronounces his name /ˈkɛknər/, with a short vowel.
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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-11-08, 4:28

I guess there's also <Koenig>, and there's a street by that name here, but unless I'm remembering wrong, it's pronounced [ˈkʰinɪg̚] here.

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Car » 2019-11-08, 11:02

linguoboy wrote:
vijayjohn wrote:
linguoboy wrote:We routinely anglicise German names with <oe> (i.e. /ø:/) to /e:/, e.g. “Boehner”, “Spoede”. (The latter is /‘spe:di:/, not */spo:d/.)

I think maybe Boehner is more common than Spoede in the US.

I think I just used the first two examples that occurred to me. (Spoede Road is an important thoroughfare near where I grew up.) A more prominent example would be Groening, the surname of the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama. (In his comic strip, Life in Hell, he explained that it "rhymes with 'complaining'".) Another St Louis example is "Red" Schoendienst, former manager of the baseball Cardinals. David Koechner, whose face most people recognise from the Anchorman films and the US version of The Office pronounces his name /ˈkɛknər/, with a short vowel.

You could also have mentioned Jonathan Toews (who's Canadian, though).

Speaking of umlauts:
https://www.thenameengine.com/pronounce ... Kuemper/55

There are some NHL pronunciation guides out there, e.g. this:
https://www.hockey-reference.com/friv/p ... -guide.cgi
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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Vlürch » 2019-11-08, 15:18

Borderline language-related but definitely random, on TypeIt holding down AltGr instead of the left Alt button works again. After months of having gotten used to using the left Alt button, it's kinda annoying because now eg. AltGr+s becomes ʃ rather than š (my keyboard has AltGr+s = š) again so I can't type them on the same page. Ironically I complained about it when TypeIt made AltGr no longer work as the key to hold down, so this proves that things like this are a matter of getting used to and sometimes changes are for the better and things being reverted back to how they were "better" is actually worse.
księżycowy wrote:Well, now that you've said that, it's all I can see.

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linguoboy wrote:A more prominent example would be Groening, the surname of the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama. (In his comic strip, Life in Hell, he explained that it "rhymes with 'complaining'".)

So /gɹeɪ̯nɪŋ/? That sounds cringy and I don't even speak German, but /kəmpløːnɪŋ/ sounds kinda cute and really funny.

Also, I thought complaining was /kɒmpleɪ̯nɪŋ/ or /kʌmpleɪ̯nɪŋ/... :oops:

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Ciarán12 » 2019-11-08, 17:50

Vlürch wrote:Also, I thought complaining was /kɒmpleɪ̯nɪŋ/ or /kʌmpleɪ̯nɪŋ/... :oops:


It is... isn't it?

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Vlürch » 2019-11-08, 18:39

Ciarán12 wrote:
Vlürch wrote:Also, I thought complaining was /kɒmpleɪ̯nɪŋ/ or /kʌmpleɪ̯nɪŋ/... :oops:


It is... isn't it?

Well, at least Wiktionary says it's /kəmˈpleɪnɪŋ/, so I don't know. It probably can be, and at least for me it definitely has something like [ɔ], but that could be either /ɒ/ or /ʌ/ since I'm a non-native speaker and my pronunciation is apparently pretty weird and tbh I can't even be arsed to try with these types of vowels (they'll either merge as [ɔ~o̞] or [ɑ~ɐ] or whatever depending on the word, although the latter probably does merge into /ə/ in some words too), and honestly I should just accept that I suck and approach English with a fresh pair of ears because ever since the realisation that I had never consciously paid attention to the fact that Americans pronounce laugh as /læf/ until laughing my ass off over it one day when it finally hit me, I haven't been able to trust my ears. :para:

Also, I should maybe try to write shorter sentences... but...

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-11-08, 20:05

Vlürch wrote:Also, I thought complaining was /kɒmpleɪ̯nɪŋ/ or /kʌmpleɪ̯nɪŋ/... :oops:

It is something like that. He's saying it rhymes with [kʰəmˈpʰl̥ejnɪŋ] because he himself pronounces it [ˈgɹejnɪŋ].

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Ciarán12 » 2019-11-10, 19:30

Just experienced a delicious bit of language mixing when my mother-in-law, speaking to my wife over Skype, was asking my wife why my aunt died, she said - なんでキーランのpaiのirmã faleした?

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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby Osias » 2019-11-10, 22:39

何 the hell foi isso aí?
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Re: Random language thread 6

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-11-10, 23:30

That sounds pretty close to how Malayalees code-switch.


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