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Mar. 25th, 2017 10:03 pm
kaberett: Photo of a pile of old leather-bound books. (books)
[personal profile] kaberett
  1. The English sofa is a loan from Turkish. The Turkish for the English sofa, however, is kanape, as a loan from the French canapé, which has the original meaning of English sofa and, by figurative extension, the meaning of English canapé, because you've got a little piece of bread or pastry or something that looks like a sofa with the topping perched on top of it. ([personal profile] sebastienne conjectured this etymology when I was grumbling about the Turkish last week; they were surprised and delighted to be correct.)
  2. Fox/vixen is the solitary surviving example in modern English of the Germanic feminine suffix -en, -in: Fuchs/Füchsin.
  3. The English/French foyer is rendered, in Swedish orthography, foajé. It is pronounced the way one might reasonably expect foyer to be pronounced. See also: restaurang.

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Date: 2017-03-25 11:08 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Delightful!

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Date: 2017-03-26 02:04 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
It's funny how people (at least those with a high linguistic sense) can pick up on some of this without knowing the related language.

I've *used* that Germanic suffix (in the meaning described here) when playfully altering English words, and how my brain acquired its meaning, I have no idea. Latin plurals and Spanish verb conjugations, ditto (though I do have formal education for Spanish). My brain is positively greedy for affixes.

But this has its limit - I have no *instinct* for noun declensions or noun classes, even grammatical gender as in Spanish, though the explanations for how they work make sense.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noun_class

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Date: 2017-03-25 11:11 pm (UTC)
staranise: A star anise floating in a cup of mint tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] staranise
*delighted* This is so cool!

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Date: 2017-03-26 01:41 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
Foxen!

My German friend used the Noongar greeting "Kaya" on facebook the other day, but being German she wrote it as "Kaja". I was puzzled for a second before being charmed.

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Date: 2017-03-27 01:38 pm (UTC)
buttonsbeadslace: drawing of a high-heeled boot (Default)
From: [personal profile] buttonsbeadslace
It always throws me off for a second, even though it makes perfect sense, but laughter written down in Spanish is "jajaja".

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Date: 2017-03-27 09:40 pm (UTC)
cesy: "Cesy" - An old-fashioned quill and ink (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesy
Eee, that's great! :)

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Date: 2017-03-28 12:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fyreharper
:D
:D :D :D

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Date: 2017-03-26 02:35 am (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] redbird
That is weird and wonderful.

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Date: 2017-03-26 03:48 am (UTC)
shehasathree: (Piglet clapping)
From: [personal profile] shehasathree
:D

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Date: 2017-03-26 04:10 am (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
Ooh!

Wonders what was going on that we ended up with sofa and divan and ottoman?

My mind is trying to demand vixen can't be the only example, but it's not shaking any counter examples loose. Wonder if there's any hiding in Northern dialect?
Edited (Idiocy) Date: 2017-03-26 04:14 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-03-26 04:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] birke
All of this is absolutely wonderful.

I was amused to discover that "tampons" in Norwegian is "tamponger."

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Date: 2017-03-26 05:38 am (UTC)
steorra: Restaurant sign that says Palatal (linguistics)
From: [personal profile] steorra
:-)

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Date: 2017-03-26 07:40 am (UTC)
sfred: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sfred
I am delighted by the whole canapé/sofa thing!

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Date: 2017-03-26 08:14 am (UTC)
aldabra: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aldabra
That sounds like the best conversation ever.

Couch and Carry

Date: 2017-03-26 03:16 pm (UTC)
hairyears: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hairyears
Many of our words for furniture come from Persia via Turkey: 'sofa' is, if you will, a transitive divan.

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Date: 2017-03-27 06:50 am (UTC)
jedusaur: Old Vanity Fair cover with the text "gay girls in trousers" (gay girls)
From: [personal profile] jedusaur
It makes me smile that almost twice our lives later you are still using that icon.

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Date: 2017-03-27 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] frobisherw
As many others have said -- this is delightful, thank you so much for sharing!

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Date: 2017-03-30 06:24 pm (UTC)
inoru_no_hoshi: The most ridiculous chandelier ever: shaped like a penis. Text: Sparklepeen. (Default)
From: [personal profile] inoru_no_hoshi
I am so charmed by these linguistic gems. :D

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Date: 2017-04-03 05:41 pm (UTC)
silveradept: A kodama with a trombone. The trombone is playing music, even though it is held in a rest position (Default)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
Such an odd language, English. Borrows from everywhere and does its best to remember how everything went in the original, and always getting it just slightly wrong, it seems.

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