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Postby William Hupy » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:27 am

The infinitive in Spanish for "to chat" is charlar. Is this coincidence or connection to English "chat"? Interesting that in German the verb is "schnacken", which implies a little meal, whereas a chat is a little talk.
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Re: chat

Postby Slava » Fri May 29, 2015 9:53 pm

Well, looking into this one I discover that it is called "imitative". That is to say, it's a noise made to imitate idle babbling, which ended up becoming a word.

This raises a question for me: what's the difference between "imitative" and "onomatopoeic"? If any, that is.
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