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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Dormouse559 » 2018-10-20, 22:59

Naava wrote:What?? So that's where the brand name of this cornstarch product comes from? :shock:

From the English word "maize", according to Wiktionnaire. The brandname can be used as a general term in French. Also, a quick correction of my post: It's spelled maïzena, without the acute accent.
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Linguaphile » 2018-10-20, 23:19

Dormouse559 wrote:
Naava wrote:What?? So that's where the brand name of this cornstarch product comes from? :shock:

From the English word "maize", according to Wiktionnaire. The brandname can be used as a general term in French. Also, a quick correction of my post: It's spelled maïzena, without the acute accent.

In Spanish it's maicena, but like Naava I always assumed the brand name came from the word for cornstarch, not the other way around. It seems that this is the etymology of the Spanish word maicena:

(es) maicena from (en) Maizena from (en) maize from (es) maíz from mahís

I just find it kind of amusing to discover that maicena came to Spanish from English, when maize (and therefore Maizena) came to English from Spanish. It absolutely never occurred to me that Spanish would have gotten the word maicena from English.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-10-21, 16:25

(fr) larbin - flunkey, minion, servant
(fr) gouaille - banter, cheekiness: in the video game I've been playing with French audio/interface (Fallout 4) it's the word used to translate "gift of gab"

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2018-10-22, 14:26

Dornip turnip
Runkle rutabaga
(pl) padół łez vale of tears
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-10-22, 15:04

(id) benua - continent
(id) batas - limit, boundary, border

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-10-24, 13:05

(fr) enjoliveur - hubcap

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Dormouse559 » 2018-10-24, 16:03

ceid donn wrote:(fr) enjoliveur - hubcap

i.e. prettifier :mrgreen:
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Luís » 2018-10-25, 12:42

(fr) se recroqueviller to curl up
(fr) se carapater to run away (colloquial)
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-10-25, 17:04

(oj) ningodwaak/ingodwaak - hundred
(br) balum askellek - humpback whale

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby JackFrost » 2018-10-27, 18:06

Dormouse559 wrote:(fr) maïzéna f - cornstarch

Ok, just one of the moment where I think, "never thought they'd try to be that different from us in that way".

Because it's "la fécule de maïs" or "l'amidon de maïs" for those who had no clue of that brand name.
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2018-10-28, 13:37

(en) nary - not any or not one

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-10-28, 19:23

Nary strikes me as an archaism, just in case you're curious.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2018-10-29, 17:09

vijayjohn wrote:Nary strikes me as an archaism, just in case you're curious.


Yeah, I kind of imagined, but thanks for confirming that.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2018-10-30, 10:21

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poplar
colonnade
ewer
gabble
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

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ndërhyj to interfere
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Vlürch » 2018-11-02, 12:52

Russian (ru) цветущий - flowering, blossoming
Japanese (ja) 切り開く (kirihiraku) - to cut open; to cut through, clear (forest, etc.)

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2018-11-02, 15:10

(de) Anstandsstück a small piece of food left over as a gesture of politeness
(ga) bromán/bromaire boaster [lit. "farter"]
(zh) 紀念 commemorate; souvenir
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby ceid donn » 2018-11-03, 22:09

According to the users viewing tag below, there were 20 guests viewing this thread when I opened it. Is this thread really that interesting? :lol:

(fr) dare-dare - double-quick, "on the double"

(br) niverelaat - to digitize something

(cy) trawiad ar y galon - heart attack; more specifically, a myocardial infarction

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Linguaphile » 2018-11-03, 22:35

ceid donn wrote:According to the users viewing tag below, there were 20 guests viewing this thread when I opened it. Is this thread really that interesting?

I noticed the same thing on the Estonian forum a few minutes ago (there were 17 guests, which is unusual, since typically there are only six or seven of us who tend to post there) so there must be something strange happening today. I think the count is for the whole subforum rather than the particular thread (so, in this case, the General Language Forum), but it's still weird that it's higher than normal in several subforums at the same time. :noclue:

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Antea » 2018-11-03, 23:17

Don’t you think that maybe they’re bots or something like that? :hmm:


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