The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-06-16, 17:08

Wait, is that where the slur comes from? From raccoon?

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Postby linguoboy » 2020-06-16, 17:32

vijayjohn wrote:Wait, is that where the slur comes from? From raccoon?

Yup. The AHD goes into a little more detail on the subject:
[Short for RACCOON. Sense 2, perhaps after Zip Coon, an African American character (depicted as an upstart freeman) in the song “Zip Coon” frequently sung in 19th-century blackface minstrel shows (the character perhaps being so named in reference to the black facial mask of the raccoon and to the practice of hunting and eating raccoons frequently mentioned in minstrel show songs), possibly influenced by 19th-century slang coon, rural white American (often one of modest means and opposed to the slave-owning Southern establishment), fellow, so called in reference to the association of coonskin with American frontiersmen.]

(For the meaning "rural white American", compare coonass, a derogatory term for "Cajun".)
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Gormur » 2020-06-19, 16:31

(en) parasol
(no) pacemaker
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Gormur » 2020-06-25, 16:08

(en) quell subdue
(no) runway

Quell must be rare enough that I've never heard it or seen it outside a dictionary. It seems like it could be used to refer to animals but I'm not sure

Rullebane is a runway for aircraft landings. I think runway is used for certain types of runways although I'm not sure and would probably never use it because it sounds odd to me :lol:
Eigi gegnir þat at segja at bók nøkkur er hreinferðug eðr ønnur spelluð því at vandliga ok dáliga eru bœkr ritnar ok annat kunnum vér eigi um þœr at dœma

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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby linguoboy » 2020-06-25, 16:35

Gormur wrote:Quell must be rare enough that I've never heard it or seen it outside a dictionary. It seems like it could be used to refer to animals but I'm not sure

In my experience, only "unrest" and "uprisings" get "quelled".
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Linguaphile » 2020-06-25, 17:05

linguoboy wrote:
Gormur wrote:Quell must be rare enough that I've never heard it or seen it outside a dictionary. It seems like it could be used to refer to animals but I'm not sure

In my experience, only "unrest" and "uprisings" get "quelled".

Also feelings: "quell the panic," "quell the fear," "quell the anger."

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Postby Gormur » 2020-06-25, 17:41

Is it me or would quell and quail be homophones? I'm still figuring out IPA

May be a loaded question because of dialects. My judgment tells me they're homophones but I'm just curious
Eigi gegnir þat at segja at bók nøkkur er hreinferðug eðr ønnur spelluð því at vandliga ok dáliga eru bœkr ritnar ok annat kunnum vér eigi um þœr at dœma

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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Linguaphile » 2020-06-25, 18:08

Gormur wrote:Is it me or would quell and quail be homophones? I'm still figuring out IPA

May be a loaded question because of dialects. My judgment tells me they're homophones but I'm just curious

They aren't for me. The vowel in quell is [ɛ] and in quail it is [eɪ].

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Postby Gormur » 2020-06-25, 18:42

Linguaphile wrote:
Gormur wrote:Is it me or would quell and quail be homophones? I'm still figuring out IPA

May be a loaded question because of dialects. My judgment tells me they're homophones but I'm just curious

They aren't for me. The vowel in quell is [ɛ] and in quail it is [eɪ].
Ah ok. That's what I'd say too. :)
Eigi gegnir þat at segja at bók nøkkur er hreinferðug eðr ønnur spelluð því at vandliga ok dáliga eru bœkr ritnar ok annat kunnum vér eigi um þœr at dœma

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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Brzeczyszczykiewicz » 2020-06-28, 16:01

baladrón - Loudmouthed braggart who, though cowardly, thinks him-/herself brave.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby linguoboy » 2020-06-28, 18:19

(en-us) jumpoff someone who’s more than a one-night stand but not a potential romantic partner
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Postby Brzeczyszczykiewicz » 2020-06-28, 20:10

linguoboy wrote:(en-us) jumpoff someone who’s more than a one-night stand but not a potential romantic partner


Interesting :hmm: , I sometimes call them "beta-version one-night stands", but I like this one better, much more compact and sleek.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Gormur » 2020-07-02, 16:43

(en) pickthank
(no) pocketbok

A pickthank is a person who does good deeds only with the intention of being thanked. A pocketbok is a miniature book. I admit I have a tendency to just call such a guide although it's doubtful that's an official word :)
Eigi gegnir þat at segja at bók nøkkur er hreinferðug eðr ønnur spelluð því at vandliga ok dáliga eru bœkr ritnar ok annat kunnum vér eigi um þœr at dœma

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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Dormouse559 » 2020-07-03, 3:52

"Smashmouth" is a real word. :para:

(en-us) smashmouth adj - aggressive; characterized by brute force without finesse

Here's the article I read it in:
Politico wrote:[Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus] is a longtime backer of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and Trump operatives were suspicious that a move was afoot to bring the smashmouth populist back into the fold.
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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Gormur » 2020-07-03, 11:58

(en) databank
(no) databank

I didn't know this one, just database. :) Actually after reading the definition of databank I still don't understand what it is :lol: :whistle:

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Eigi gegnir þat at segja at bók nøkkur er hreinferðug eðr ønnur spelluð því at vandliga ok dáliga eru bœkr ritnar ok annat kunnum vér eigi um þœr at dœma

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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby OldBoring » 2020-07-04, 8:07

Gormur wrote:(en) databank
(no) databank

I didn't know this one, just database. :) Actually after reading the definition of databank I still don't understand what it is :lol: :whistle:

:hmm:

I would understand this. 'Database' is banca dati in Italian.
I remember that in computer science classes at high school, our book said base di dati, a teacher said database /deitaˈbeiz/, another teacher database /dataˈbeiz/, while in non-specialistic language banca dati is preferred.

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Postby Gormur » 2020-07-06, 12:24

I didn't get what it meant. It sounds like a supercomputer to me. They store personal information inside codes which sounds like a databank to me :)

(en) hinterland remote pockets of land away from civilization
(no) investor
Eigi gegnir þat at segja at bók nøkkur er hreinferðug eðr ønnur spelluð því at vandliga ok dáliga eru bœkr ritnar ok annat kunnum vér eigi um þœr at dœma

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Postby Gormur » 2020-07-07, 16:03

(no) assistent assistant
(en) clearnet the antithesis of the darknet
Eigi gegnir þat at segja at bók nøkkur er hreinferðug eðr ønnur spelluð því at vandliga ok dáliga eru bœkr ritnar ok annat kunnum vér eigi um þœr at dœma

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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby Gormur » 2020-07-08, 14:42

(en) Mam
(no) poem

Mam, a diminutive of mother used in English dialects. Think mum or mom used in certain dialects

Norwegian poem comes from Greek ποίημα, the meaning of which I don't know. Maybe a literary poem inside a larger work
Eigi gegnir þat at segja at bók nøkkur er hreinferðug eðr ønnur spelluð því at vandliga ok dáliga eru bœkr ritnar ok annat kunnum vér eigi um þœr at dœma

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Re: The last word of your mother tongue you have learnt ?

Postby linguoboy » 2020-07-12, 22:54

(en-us) gullywasher toad-strangler [a sudden intense downpour]
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