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 razlem » 2020-09-19, 0:26

(en) irascible

Easily angered, short-tempered
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby OldBoring » 2020-09-22, 10:31

razlem wrote:(en) irascible

Easily angered, short-tempered

Wow. Irascibile is a common-usage word in Italian.

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Postby linguoboy » 2020-09-22, 12:10

OldBoring wrote:
razlem wrote:(en) irascible

Easily angered, short-tempered

Wow. Irascibile is a common-usage word in Italian.

Well, ira is a common word to y’all whereas we rarely talk about “ire”.

My usual word for “easily angered” is “eardible”. Thanks Dad!
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Dormouse559 » 2020-09-24, 23:33

(en) sphygmomanometer - blood pressure gauge

Trying to pronounce it left me feeling like this.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby razlem » 2020-10-05, 0:18

(en) variegated - exhibiting different colors, especially as irregular patches or streaks (or) marked by variety

Seems like it's used mostly in the context of leaves, but can apparently be used to refer to minerals or fur.
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Postby linguoboy » 2020-10-05, 1:33

razlem wrote:Seems like it's used mostly in the context of leaves, but can apparently be used to refer to minerals or fur.

Yeah, I pretty much only ever recall hearing it in a botanical context. (But then I'm really into plants, not so much into rocks.)
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Postby Linguaphile » 2020-10-05, 2:31

razlem wrote:(en) variegated - exhibiting different colors, especially as irregular patches or streaks (or) marked by variety

Seems like it's used mostly in the context of leaves, but can apparently be used to refer to minerals or fur.

Or feathers, or yarn or fabric.

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Postby Gormur » 2020-10-05, 21:43

(en) goalgetter
(no) (sports) goalgetter

I didn't know this term
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Naava » 2020-10-28, 23:20

(fi) tuura - a tool for breaking ice, consisting of a heavy chisel-like iron head which is attached to a long wooden handle to allow the use of the tool in standing position

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

Postby Linguaphile » 2020-10-28, 23:58

Naava wrote:(fi) tuura - a tool for breaking ice, consisting of a heavy chisel-like iron head which is attached to a long wooden handle to allow the use of the tool in standing position

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Cool! I looked it up (you knew I'd check out the etymology, didn't you? :mrgreen: ), it's tuur in Estonian, and it turns out the Votic cognate duura is a long pole with a hoof-shaped end used for scaring fish into nets:
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while the word tuura with the same etymological origin refers to the tool you've mentioned, the same as in Finnish.

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Postby Naava » 2020-10-29, 0:07

Linguaphile wrote:Cool! I looked it up (you knew I'd check out the etymology, didn't you? :mrgreen: )

Of course, and so did I. :mrgreen:

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Postby mōdgethanc » 2020-10-29, 8:29

currach /ˈkɜɹə(x)/ a kind of Irish boat made of a wooden frame and animal skins, much like an Inuit umiak

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Postby Linguaphile » 2020-12-02, 1:35

floccinaucinihilipilification the action or habit of estimating something as worthless

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

Postby Allekanger » 2021-01-10, 21:05

Swedish:

(sv) sjubb and espan

Both meaning 'raccoon', borrowed from an Algonquian language apparently (ausup pl. ausupanuog, essebanes, asban, asseeban according to SAOB). Maybe also from Lenape's eespan? So we have three different words for raccoon, an animal that doesn't even exist natively (or at all?) in Scandinavia. No wonder they've fallen out of use. I really like sjubb though.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby linguoboy » 2021-02-04, 18:00

(en) ellipt

Perfectly comprehensible as a backformation from ellipsis, but despite having read about ellipsis in linguistic contexts for close to thirty-five years, I'd simply never seen this term before.
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Postby Varislintu » 2021-02-06, 9:59

(sv) bunker

As in a container for fuel for a ship. So the Swedish verb 'bunkra' or 'bunkra upp' is when a ship refuels. Which led me to understand that the English 'bunker up' also doesn't refer to an underground bunker (with food storage), but a ship refueling! Which led me to look up 'bunker down' and learn that it doesn't exist, it's actually 'hunker down'.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Dormouse559 » 2021-02-06, 18:54

(en-us) imbrue v - stain

Seeing "imbrue" used for the first time, I thought it might be a misspelling of "imbue", but the person was saying that a movie "was heinously imbrued by" one of the characters' lines; "imbue" doesn't fit there grammatically. The two words are apparently unrelated.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby linguoboy » 2021-02-06, 19:16

bindle

Apparently this is the proper name of the bundle tied to a stick that’s part of the “hobo” stereotype in the USA.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Rí.na.dTeangacha » 2021-02-21, 16:14

sortilege - the practice of foretelling the future from a card or other item drawn at random from a collection.
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Postby linguoboy » 2021-02-21, 19:02

Rí.na.dTeangacha wrote:sortilege - the practice of foretelling the future from a card or other item drawn at random from a collection.

According to the OED, this has also been used to the person doing the foretelling, though this usage is rare.

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catshark A ground shark of the family Scyliorhinidae.

(Confusingly, some catsharks are known as "dogfish", e.g. the large-spotted dogfish or "nursehound".)
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