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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Dormouse559 » 2018-09-02, 17:01

Prantsis wrote:I've just googled "bright spot in the gloomy" and found plenty of results:
"And the Celtics were the only bright spot in the gloomy sports skies that swirled over New England."
"There is at least one bright spot in the gloomy economic landscape: mobile gaming."

Hmm, good point. The first example could serve as a model, but it’s too wordy for a headline. “Landscape,” like in the second example is pretty common. Unfortunately, “gloomy French tennis landscape” sounds unwieldy.
But, you know, something that could work is “bright spot in French tennis’s gloom.”
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Osias » 2018-09-03, 17:13

france-eesti wrote:(en) scarecrow
But but but you never saw any Batman movie?!?

I mean, in English.
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-09-05, 15:11

(id) hamil - to be pregnant

(Also, the transitive verb for "to contain," mengandung, when likewise used as an intransitive verb, also means to be pregnant, but I had learned that one previously. As far as I can tell, hamil is not idiomatic. It just means to be pregnant, which threw me because I'm so used to languages describing the state of being pregnant idiomatically if not with a plethora of silly euphemisms, like English does.)

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2018-09-05, 16:41

ceid donn wrote:(Also, the transitive verb for "to contain," mengandung, when likewise used as an intransitive verb, also means to be pregnant, but I had learned that one previously. As far as I can tell, hamil is not idiomatic. It just means to be pregnant, which threw me because I'm so used to languages describing the state of being pregnant idiomatically if not with a plethora of silly euphemisms, like English does.)

Seems to me it's very much parallel to English pregnant, having also been borrowed from a "classical" language. It could be euphemistic in origin, given that these expressions were often only familiar to a learned audience.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2018-09-07, 16:16

(zh-tw) 雪茄 cigar [phonetic loan but looks like "snow eggplant"]
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-09-08, 15:22

(br) marc'hvran - raven
(kw) bran vras - raven
(cy) cigfran - raven

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby OldBoring » 2018-09-09, 11:01

linguoboy wrote:(zh-tw) 雪茄 cigar [phonetic loan but looks like "snow eggplant"]

But pronounced differently from eggplant aubergine.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2018-09-12, 15:22

(cy) sgwrio scour
Glump stuff, junk
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-09-12, 16:58

(id) bunga bangkai - corpse flower

Per the news cycle, there is a corpse flower about to bloom in the Toronto Zoo, soon if not already by the time I post this. Very interesting plant. These kinds of plants, which clearly evolved in a world where humans weren't an immediate threat so they could take this long to mature and reproduce, fascinate me.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2018-09-12, 17:09

I like the Chinese name, which is 巨花魔芋, lit. "giant flower demon taro". ("Demon taro" by itself refers to the konjac, another species in the same genus which is used to make a kind of edible jelly.)
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Luís » 2018-09-13, 9:48

(fr) enclume anvil
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-09-13, 14:49

(gd) cuthach-sluaigh - collective madness

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2018-09-13, 15:18

(cy) caethwas slave
(cy) (NW) colli dy limpin lose your temper (lit. "lose your lynchpin")
(cy) cors bog, swamp
(cy) cwch boat
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2018-09-14, 14:52

(fr) ouï-dire hearsay
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-09-15, 15:30

(gd) stuagh - a crested wave, a wave heading toward the shore
(gd) teaghlach a' chalmain - a family with two children (idiom, lit. "family of the pigeon")

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2018-09-15, 21:42

(cy) adfynach hermit, renegade monk
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-09-17, 2:16

(nv) jeeshóóʼ - California condor (Gymnogyps californianus)

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-09-17, 4:28

(id) gerakan -- movement, can mean either kinetic motion or a social, political or artistic movement

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Luís » 2018-09-17, 9:33

(en) yarn a continuous often plied strand composed of either natural or man-made fibers or filaments and used in weaving and knitting to form cloth
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-09-17, 23:00

(id) lusa - the day after tomorrow

This may be the most succinct word for this concept of time I've seen in any language so far.

(id) kemarau - the dry season (not monsoon/rainy season)


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