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

Postby dEhiN » 2017-08-04, 22:26

Olinguito wrote:scurf
(n)
1. another word for dandruff
2. flaky or scaly matter adhering to or peeling off a surface

Nevertheless I have no idea what is meant by the following sentence. :noclue:
A scurf of books and china ornaments awaited him.
—E. M. Forster, Howards End, Chapter 30

Dormouse559 wrote:Maybe a "crust" or "layer" of books and china ornaments?

You're probably right, because the second definition of scurf, according to Dictionary.com is a more generic one: any scaly matter or incrustation on a surface.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby linguoboy » 2017-08-07, 19:06

polpit the pit of the knee
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Olinguito » 2017-08-17, 20:21

nuncio
(n)
an official in the Roman Catholic Church who represents the Pope in a foreign country; a papal ambassador

O, then unfold the passion of my love,
Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith:
It shall become thee well to act my woes;
She will attend it better in thy youth
Than in a nuncio’s of more grave aspect.
—William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 1 Scene 4

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

Postby linguoboy » 2017-08-17, 21:10

semainier a type of chiffonnier with one drawer for each day's clothes
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Serafín » 2017-08-21, 20:35

I had a long conversation about Spanish regionalisms with an Ecuadorian guy who likes languages.

That was way too many words in one go...

This page has a number of Ecuadorian terms, but among those that are not in that page, there's:

positrole 'so good, cool' (apparently a modification of positivo)
ser de lo último / ser de lo last 'to be the worst'
estar hecho verga 'to be shitfaced, very drunk'
triquear 'to smoke pot (marihuana)'
triquero 'pothead'
jeva '40+ year old woman; one's wife'
gabelarse [algo] 'to take [the last piece of something]' (as in, me voy a gabelar el último juguete 'I'm gonna take the very last toy')

yeyo 'heart attack'
guacho 'a watch', but also 'heart' and even 'lottery ticket'!
¡Barájate! 'fuck off!'
meco 'a gay man'
sopa 'a gay man'
badea 'a gay man'
menestra 'a gay man'
chucha 'vagina; bad smell (from one's armpits)' (this word means 'female dog' in the Spanish of El Salvador)
pezuña 'bad smell (from one's feet)' (this word means 'hoof' in standard Spanish)
bolsuña 'bad smell (from one's testicles)' (from bolsa 'bag')

It also turns out that Ecuadorians use guineo for 'banana'! Just like Salvadorans!

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

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-08-22, 21:24

Earlier, I said that കൂറ [ˈkuːra] means 'silverfish' because my dad told me so. Today, my dad said it means 'small fry', just like the word ഊപ്പ [ˈuːpa], and when I asked him about whether it could mean 'silverfish', too, he was like "no, it couldn't mean that. Silverfish are bugs!" Then I told him he had told me that, and he said something like "well, maybe it means that, too, idk." :hmm:

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

Postby voron » 2017-08-22, 21:55

Serafín wrote:chucha 'vagina; bad smell (from one's armpits)' (this word means 'female dog' in the Spanish of El Salvador)
pezuña 'bad smell (from one's feet)' (this word means 'hoof' in standard Spanish)
bolsuña 'bad smell (from one's testicles)' (from bolsa 'bag')

:o at so many differentiations of smell. Also, a smell from one's testicles? Is it encountered so often that there is a separate word for that? :P

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

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-08-22, 22:07

voron wrote:Also, a smell from one's testicles? Is it encountered so often that there is a separate word for that? :P

Fellatio?

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

Postby Serafín » 2017-08-25, 1:59

Salvadoran Spanish:

apiarse del bus - to get off the bus
estar entapiado,a and tener la nariz entapiada - to have a blocked nose

Apiar belongs to the class of vulgar low-register Salvadoran verbs that take -ey- in some of the endings: yo me apeyo, vos te apiás, él se apeya, nosotros nos apiamos, ellos se apeyan (present tense), que yo me apeye, que vos te apiés, que él se apeye, que nosotros nos apiemos, que ellos se apeyen (pres. subj.), él se apió, ellos se apiaron (preterite). Miar 'to piss' is another verb that conjugates this way (yo meyo, vos miás, él meya...).
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-08-25, 2:10

So saying apiarse del bus is vulgar? :hmm: Like to get the fuck off the bus? :P

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Postby Serafín » 2017-08-25, 3:43

You're right. I shouldn't call them vulgar, just very non-standard / low-register.

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

Postby OldBoring » 2017-08-25, 9:47

vijayjohn wrote:So saying apiarse del bus is vulgar? :hmm: Like to get the fuck off the bus? :P

Tomar el joder fuera el bus.

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

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-08-25, 16:40

OldBoring wrote:
vijayjohn wrote:So saying apiarse del bus is vulgar? :hmm: Like to get the fuck off the bus? :P

Tomar el joder fuera el bus.

Frida Kahlo tomó el joder fuera el autobús y fue espalda a México. :P

(In Spanish class, the only word we were ever taught for 'bus' was autobús).

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

Postby linguoboy » 2017-08-25, 16:43

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

Postby Serafín » 2017-08-27, 19:22

Ecuadorian Spanish aguas servidas 'sewage'. In El Salvador the term used is aguas negras. The WordReference Community Dictionary suggests that these two along with aguas residuales are used in Spanish, but in Ecuador and El Salvador the only terms used are the ones I mentioned.

Spanish tarjeta mnemotécnica 'flashcard'.

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

Postby linguoboy » 2017-08-29, 20:20

telematics

fish storm (slang) a tropical storm or hurricane which turns out to sea and dissipates without ever making landfall

byssus sea silk or the mollusc fibres it is manufactured from
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Dormouse559 » 2017-09-09, 18:25

rescission - act of rescinding

When I saw the word, I realized I didn't have a clear noun form for "rescind". Tentatively, I would have said "rescindment".
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby IpseDixit » 2017-09-11, 21:42

xoloitzcuintle

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

Postby dEhiN » 2017-09-12, 13:27

IpseDixit wrote:xoloitzcuintle

What does it mean?
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby IpseDixit » 2017-09-12, 13:43

dEhiN wrote:
IpseDixit wrote:xoloitzcuintle

What does it mean?


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