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In Hebrew, the word "אפל" (Afel) means "dark" or "tainted". The English adjective "fell" means "cruel" or "savage". The word "fel" can also mean "bile", and according to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition (2000), it is related to a number of words of Indo-European origin: yellow, gold, gall, cholera, and felon, to mention a few. The same source indicates that the Indo-European root from which it is derived, ghel, meant "to shine". It may also find it's origin in the Old-English word "fūl" which means "foul" and is the origin of the word "defile". Fel also is a Swedish word for "Wrong" or "Incorrect", it is however pronounced differently (the E is pronounced as the first E of "Error" which make the word sound like "fEl").
ceid donn wrote:I rather enjoy how the Gaelic word for "Brexit"--Brfhàgail--works as a portmanteau of the Gaelic words Breatann (Britain) and fàgail (leaving, quitting, departure).
Saim wrote:Out of curiosity (if you know): are any of the other languages non-nation-state languages?
It's used in Cebuano as well as several other languages of the Philippines, such as Agutaynen and Kagayanen. It means "come in" (in the sense of inviting someone to come inside).linguoboy wrote:Apropos of which, one of the phrases appears to be "Dayon". Any guesses what language that could be?
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