Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Luís » 2019-08-10, 23:04

Linguaphile wrote:If "cut" and "ditch" are restricted to youth slang, then "play hooky" is restricted to elder slang (at least here). I don't think I've ever heard a school-aged child or teenager say "play hooky," even though the term is certainly known here. "Cut" and "ditch" seem far more common, or simply "skip school/work" or "be truant". "Play hooky" is fairly well-known here, but nowadays it has a sort of almost nostalgic ring to it - an adult saying of a child, "oh, he's just playing hooky, it's not a big deal" while reminiscing of having done so himself as a child. It comes off sounding both old-fashioned and dismissive.


As a non-native speaker, I've heard "cut" and "ditch" quite a lot from people IRL and American media, but "playing hooky" was new to me (I came across it while watching a show on Netflix - and yeah, the character who said it was probably in his late 40s)

linguoboy wrote:Now "truant" is one of those words I've known for a long time but never ever heard anyone said IRL.


Is that by any chance related to French truand
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Linguaphile » 2019-08-10, 23:26

Luís wrote:
linguoboy wrote:Now "truant" is one of those words I've known for a long time but never ever heard anyone said IRL.


Is that by any chance related to French truand

It is! But the meaning in English is just to be away from school or work without permission. It is very common in formal contexts (a school's disciplinary code, for example) and by extension, extremely common in spoken language in those settings as well.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2019-08-14, 19:09

(es) piltra sack (in the sense of "bed", e.g. irse a la piltra "hit the sack")
(es) soportal porch; (pl.) arcade
(es) terno three-piece suit
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-08-15, 23:27

Malay (ms)/Indonesian (id) selalu - always, forever, frequently, often

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby cHr0mChIk » 2019-08-19, 13:14

Yemeni Arabic (ar-YE) خيرات [khērāt] - "very much"

I knew such a word from Classical Arabic [khayrāt] ("goods / goodies / bounty") - from the word خير, however, in Yemeni dialect, it's used with the meaning of "very much" (like Classical Arabic words كثيرا، جدا، جزيلا ...).

For example: "احب القهوة خيرات" (I love coffee very much).
وَقَالُوا لَن يَدْخُلَ الْجَنَّةَ إِلَّا مَن كَانَ هُودًا أَوْ نَصَارَىٰ ۗ تِلْكَ أَمَانِيُّهُمْ ۗ قُلْ هَاتُوا بُرْهَانَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ
بَلَىٰ مَنْ أَسْلَمَ وَجْهَهُ لِلَّهِ وَهُوَ مُحْسِنٌ فَلَهُ أَجْرُهُ عِندَ رَبِّهِ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-08-20, 21:11

Irish (ga) féirín - gift

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2019-08-20, 21:14

vijayjohn wrote:Irish (ga) féirín - gift

Just FYI, bronntanas (from bronn "bestow") is more frequent.
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