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

Posted: 2020-06-16, 17:08
by vijayjohn
Wait, is that where the slur comes from? From raccoon?

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

Posted: 2020-06-16, 17:32
by linguoboy
vijayjohn wrote:Wait, is that where the slur comes from? From raccoon?

Yup. The AHD goes into a little more detail on the subject:
[Short for RACCOON. Sense 2, perhaps after Zip Coon, an African American character (depicted as an upstart freeman) in the song “Zip Coon” frequently sung in 19th-century blackface minstrel shows (the character perhaps being so named in reference to the black facial mask of the raccoon and to the practice of hunting and eating raccoons frequently mentioned in minstrel show songs), possibly influenced by 19th-century slang coon, rural white American (often one of modest means and opposed to the slave-owning Southern establishment), fellow, so called in reference to the association of coonskin with American frontiersmen.]

(For the meaning "rural white American", compare coonass, a derogatory term for "Cajun".)

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

Posted: 2020-06-19, 16:31
by Gormur
(en) parasol
(no) pacemaker

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

Posted: 2020-06-25, 16:08
by Gormur
(en) quell subdue
(no) runway

Quell must be rare enough that I've never heard it or seen it outside a dictionary. It seems like it could be used to refer to animals but I'm not sure

Rullebane is a runway for aircraft landings. I think runway is used for certain types of runways although I'm not sure and would probably never use it because it sounds odd to me :lol:

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

Posted: 2020-06-25, 16:35
by linguoboy
Gormur wrote:Quell must be rare enough that I've never heard it or seen it outside a dictionary. It seems like it could be used to refer to animals but I'm not sure

In my experience, only "unrest" and "uprisings" get "quelled".

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

Posted: 2020-06-25, 17:05
by Linguaphile
linguoboy wrote:
Gormur wrote:Quell must be rare enough that I've never heard it or seen it outside a dictionary. It seems like it could be used to refer to animals but I'm not sure

In my experience, only "unrest" and "uprisings" get "quelled".

Also feelings: "quell the panic," "quell the fear," "quell the anger."

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

Posted: 2020-06-25, 17:41
by Gormur
Is it me or would quell and quail be homophones? I'm still figuring out IPA

May be a loaded question because of dialects. My judgment tells me they're homophones but I'm just curious

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

Posted: 2020-06-25, 18:08
by Linguaphile
Gormur wrote:Is it me or would quell and quail be homophones? I'm still figuring out IPA

May be a loaded question because of dialects. My judgment tells me they're homophones but I'm just curious

They aren't for me. The vowel in quell is [ɛ] and in quail it is [eɪ].

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

Posted: 2020-06-25, 18:42
by Gormur
Linguaphile wrote:
Gormur wrote:Is it me or would quell and quail be homophones? I'm still figuring out IPA

May be a loaded question because of dialects. My judgment tells me they're homophones but I'm just curious

They aren't for me. The vowel in quell is [ɛ] and in quail it is [eɪ].
Ah ok. That's what I'd say too. :)

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

Posted: 2020-06-28, 16:01
by Brzeczyszczykiewicz
baladrón - Loudmouthed braggart who, though cowardly, thinks him-/herself brave.

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

Posted: 2020-06-28, 18:19
by linguoboy
(en-us) jumpoff someone who’s more than a one-night stand but not a potential romantic partner

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

Posted: 2020-06-28, 20:10
by Brzeczyszczykiewicz
linguoboy wrote:(en-us) jumpoff someone who’s more than a one-night stand but not a potential romantic partner


Interesting :hmm: , I sometimes call them "beta-version one-night stands", but I like this one better, much more compact and sleek.

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

Posted: 2020-07-02, 16:43
by Gormur
(en) pickthank
(no) pocketbok

A pickthank is a person who does good deeds only with the intention of being thanked. A pocketbok is a miniature book. I admit I have a tendency to just call such a guide although it's doubtful that's an official word :)

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

Posted: 2020-07-03, 3:52
by Dormouse559
"Smashmouth" is a real word. :para:

(en-us) smashmouth adj - aggressive; characterized by brute force without finesse

Here's the article I read it in:
Politico wrote:[Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus] is a longtime backer of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and Trump operatives were suspicious that a move was afoot to bring the smashmouth populist back into the fold.

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

Posted: 2020-07-03, 11:58
by Gormur
(en) databank
(no) databank

I didn't know this one, just database. :) Actually after reading the definition of databank I still don't understand what it is :lol: :whistle:

:hmm:

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

Posted: 2020-07-04, 8:07
by OldBoring
Gormur wrote:(en) databank
(no) databank

I didn't know this one, just database. :) Actually after reading the definition of databank I still don't understand what it is :lol: :whistle:

:hmm:

I would understand this. 'Database' is banca dati in Italian.
I remember that in computer science classes at high school, our book said base di dati, a teacher said database /deitaˈbeiz/, another teacher database /dataˈbeiz/, while in non-specialistic language banca dati is preferred.

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

Posted: 2020-07-06, 12:24
by Gormur
I didn't get what it meant. It sounds like a supercomputer to me. They store personal information inside codes which sounds like a databank to me :)

(en) hinterland remote pockets of land away from civilization
(no) investor

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

Posted: 2020-07-07, 16:03
by Gormur
(no) assistent assistant
(en) clearnet the antithesis of the darknet

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

Posted: 2020-07-08, 14:42
by Gormur
(en) Mam
(no) poem

Mam, a diminutive of mother used in English dialects. Think mum or mom used in certain dialects

Norwegian poem comes from Greek ποίημα, the meaning of which I don't know. Maybe a literary poem inside a larger work

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

Posted: 2020-07-12, 22:54
by linguoboy
(en-us) gullywasher toad-strangler [a sudden intense downpour]