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I had been remembering the Turkish for red, kırmızı, by associating it with "crimson". Today I finally got around to looking up whether that's a false cognate, and nope, it isn't: they're both from the Arabic qirmiz (i.e. Coccus ilicis, as in the red dye cochineal, i.e. the insect family from which it is prepared), ultimately from Sanskrit.

(Today I have learned a thing about entomology! "But Alex, don't you mean etym--" "No. It's a bug."*)

* If you can remember which web comic it was that I read this joke in recently I'd be very grateful.

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Date: 2017-08-06 12:17 pm (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
I think maybe it was a Tumblr text post, not a comic.

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Date: 2017-08-06 12:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] recessional
It was definitely on tumblr, because I reblogged it.

Can't remember what the fuck it was, but I remember cackling hysterically about it and reblogging it. >.>

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Date: 2017-08-06 03:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
Hurray :-)

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Date: 2017-08-06 03:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] korafox
I think there was an XKCD comic about etymology/entomology, but it was one from quite a while ago.

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Date: 2017-08-06 04:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
lol :)

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Date: 2017-08-06 04:57 pm (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
The link is even more obvious when you think about carmine as an alternative to crimson.

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Date: 2017-08-07 12:00 pm (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
Hmmm, should the 'ı's in kırmızı be read as 'i's or 'l's? I'd read them as 'i's without noticing the missing dot'.

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Date: 2017-08-06 05:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] birke
(So I guess it's actually from Twitter originally.)

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Date: 2017-08-06 05:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] birke
Also, if people like puns, I found it by checking my "puns" tag: http://pathless-wood.tumblr.com/tagged/puns

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Date: 2017-08-06 05:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sylvaine
Oh this is an excellent shiny thing to know :D

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Date: 2017-08-06 07:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
OMG this is awesome! Thanks.

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Date: 2017-08-07 04:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conuly
Turkish is quite a language, and that's all I'm gonna say on that subject.

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Date: 2017-08-07 11:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conuly
And I'm very pleased about how much more of the local conversations I can now understand snippets of!

Eavesdropping is always a good goal :P

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Date: 2017-08-15 01:13 am (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
* If you can remember which web comic it was that I read this joke in recently I'd be very grateful.

Apparently you have a time machine, because it's a joke in this Monday's Gunnerkrigg Court http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1870

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