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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2017-08-11, 4:03

Buscopan is one for the false friends thread.
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Postby dEhiN » 2017-08-11, 6:14

vijayjohn wrote:I'm sort of familiar with ibuprofen and might have heard of Buscopan.

Ibuprofen (also know as Advil in North America [well, at least in Canada but I assume the US as well]), is a pain reliever that iirc is also an anti-inflammatory drug. I know people who take it for headaches because I think it helps reduce swollen blood vessels that could be causing the headache (or something like that).
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-08-11, 6:29

Ah, I forget it's the same as Advil. Thanks, dEhiN! :)

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Postby dEhiN » 2017-08-11, 6:43

vijayjohn wrote:Ah, I forget it's the same as Advil. Thanks, dEhiN! :)

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Postby Yasna » 2017-08-18, 0:18

"Rambla, from the Arabic رمل "sand", is Catalan for "wadi"."
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Postby vijayjohn » 2017-08-18, 0:31

Arroyo, wash, rambla, and wadi are all words for the same thing in English, too. Catalan also has uadi.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Dormouse559 » 2017-08-18, 5:00

(fr)
vendre la mèche - spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag
Phocéen/phocéen n/adj - Marseillais
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The main meaning of the second entry is "Phocaean, of or having to do with Phocaea", but it is also used in reference to Marseille because the city was originally founded as a Phocaean colony. I'm guessing the idiomatic meaning is an extension from a nickname for Marseille, la cité phocéenne (the Phocaean city).
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Postby linguoboy » 2017-08-18, 15:11

(es-mx) ruletear drive a taxi
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Luís » 2017-08-19, 19:37

(fr) arbalète crossbow ((pt) besta)
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-08-19, 20:10

Just in case you didn't already know, English also has the word arbalest, which is apparently a bit different.

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Postby dEhiN » 2017-08-19, 20:29

(fr) endetter to put (someone/something) into debt, to indebt*
(fr) s'endetter to get into debt
(fr) une dette debt

(es) endeudar to indebt
(es) endeudarse to get into debt
(es) una deuda debt

(pt) endividar to indebt
(pt) endividar-se to get into debt
(pt) uma dívida debt

*For some reason both Wiktionary doesn't use the word "indebt" with endetter, but it does with endeudar. It's weird, but maybe whomever wrote the French entry didn't think of or know the English word indebt. I was checking out endetté yesterday on Wiktionary and that led me to all these words. There actually was no Portuguese entry on the English Wiktionary for endividar so I created my very first Wiki Foundation entry. (Wiktionary, Wikipedia and all fall under the Wiki Foundation, right?)
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Osias » 2017-08-20, 12:07

I can't think about a use of "endividar" that doesn't use a pronoun like "endividar-se". Or "to indebt" as a verb also in English without a pronoun.
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Luís » 2017-08-20, 12:32

Osias wrote:I can't think about a use of "endividar" that doesn't use a pronoun like "endividar-se". Or "to indebt" as a verb also in English without a pronoun.


Some examples from the Web:

PSDB é o partido que endividou o Brasil com empréstimos do FMI

Nos oito anos que governou o Maranhão, Roseana Sarney endividou o Estado e foi mais radical do que a Margaret Thatcher
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Osias » 2017-08-20, 14:09

:hmm:
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby dEhiN » 2017-08-20, 15:34

Osias wrote::hmm:

So as Luís's examples showed, "to indebt" or I guess "endividar" is the transitive version where the subject is putting the object into debt. "To get into debt" or "endividar-se" is the intransitive (or reflexive?) version where the subject is putting itself into debt. I can easily think of sentences for both (at least in English) that use a pronoun, and ones that don't. I think it's more about who gets into debt - the subject or the object.
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Osias » 2017-08-20, 15:59

Cérebro lento hoje.
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby dEhiN » 2017-08-20, 17:27

Osias wrote:Cérebro lento hoje.

:rotfl: There's an English expression I learned from my parents for these situations: tubelight. So they would say "you're a tubelight". I think that's specifically a Sri Lankan English term, although it could also be an older British term. Basically it refers to the fluorescent lights that take a moment or two to come on.
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-08-20, 17:35

Apparently, that expression exists in India, too. Never heard or seen it before you used it, though.

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Postby dEhiN » 2017-08-20, 17:39

vijayjohn wrote:Apparently, that expression exists in India, too. Never heard or seen it before you used it, though.

And right after I wrote that I found out a friend of mine who went to school here in Toronto heard it in school somewhere. So maybe it's an older Britishism?
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-08-20, 17:42

Or maybe just kind of an obscure expression. Idk.


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