The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

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

Postby Ciarán12 » 2019-07-16, 18:14

linguoboy wrote:An English acquaintance once opined that every city in the UK seems to have a different word for "the narrow space between two buildings". In Chicago it is a "gangway"; in St Louis we called it the "breezeway".


Here it's a "side passage-way"

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Postby linguoboy » 2019-07-16, 19:35

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linguoboy wrote:An English acquaintance once opined that every city in the UK seems to have a different word for "the narrow space between two buildings". In Chicago it is a "gangway"; in St Louis we called it the "breezeway".

Here it's a "side passage-way"

Isn't "passage-way" also used in your variety to mean "corridor"?
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Postby Ciarán12 » 2019-07-16, 19:53

linguoboy wrote:Isn't "passage-way" also used in your variety to mean "corridor"?


To me, "corridor" refers usually to something specifically indoors, I.e. the space between rooms in a building. "Passage-way" is something outdoors usually (though if someone referred to an indoor corridor as a "passage-way" I don't think I'd find it all that strange). Does "corridor" suggest something outdoors to you or is it more or less the same as for me?

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Ciarán12 wrote:To me, "corridor" refers usually to something specifically indoors, I.e. the space between rooms in a building. "Passage-way" is something outdoors usually (though if someone referred to an indoor corridor as a "passage-way" I don't think I'd find it all that strange). Does "corridor" suggest something outdoors to you or is it more or less the same as for me?

More or less, though I will say that "corridor" isn't really in my active vocabulary (except in the metaphorical sense of "territory providing access").
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ornithophobia

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jutaaminen moving with the reindeer herd between the summer and winter pastures

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Vatinian extremely strong [of hatred]

(Apparently Publius Vatinius was such a douchebag that we're still talking about it 2000 years later.)
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(xh) rondeval circular hut (a Westernised version of a traditional African structure)
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(en-gb) recalcitrant

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(en) sonsy
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Ablution (act of washing/cleansing).

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sola scriptura

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Postby linguoboy » 2019-08-16, 17:15

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

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-08-20, 21:07

ഉദാര [uˈd̪aːɾa] - generous, liberal, noble, kind


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