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by Iterman
Sat Oct 15, 2005 6:53 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SLAPSTICK
Replies: 5
Views: 4608

The pronunciation of slapstick wasn't difficult. How about the pronunciation of synedoche, please!

Always trying to learn.

PS. Thanks Henri, but I'm looking in every other day.
by Iterman
Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:34 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: HEURISTIC
Replies: 4
Views: 4410

This would be, not so much a reply, but more of a comment and finaly a question. A long time ago, I complained that so many GWofT were so mundane which obviously was taken note of, since most of GWofT recently could be called arcane. Well, to my surprise today's word also excists in my language (but...
by Iterman
Wed Sep 28, 2005 6:12 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Lexical Gaps
Replies: 42
Views: 51820

Brazilian dude wrote:
Snow, what is snow? How do you pronounce it? Is it something you eat? :wink:

Brazilian dude
Snow is what Brazilian shop keepers spray on their windows just before Christmas, I believe. :lol:
by Iterman
Thu Aug 25, 2005 5:19 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Japanese Manga
Replies: 7
Views: 8741

Dear frank, You posed these questions almost three weeks ago and haven't got any answers yet, in spite there are several members learned in Japanese at this forum. That's a shame! My knowledge of Japanese is pure practical, I learned in a bar where I worked, so I cannot help you with your questions ...
by Iterman
Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:41 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Nictate
Replies: 7
Views: 6676

...and if we throw the letters around of today's Good Word, we can get tic and come to the Tourette syndrome. So, is there any connection?
.... and what is the connection between tics/blinking and tics/insect?
by Iterman
Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:38 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: TROTH
Replies: 13
Views: 13298

I think Anders right in thinking what he is thinking AND that Kathy is correct in pointing out the tradition. Remember that marriage is much older than enlightment and that in the very old days few things were done without asking for the help of (the) God(s). At the cultural level of the Vikings a f...
by Iterman
Mon May 16, 2005 7:15 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: DOE
Replies: 18
Views: 42055

Australia -- Fred Nurk, Joe Farnarkle Finland -- Matti and Maija Meikäläinen Malta -- Joe Borg Norway -- Ola and Kari Nordmann Sweden -- Medel-Svensson, Sven Svensson United Kingdom Fred Bloggs or Joe Bloggs, John Smith No, no, no. "John Doe" could show up in a morgue, "Sven Svensson" could never d...
by Iterman
Wed May 04, 2005 5:37 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: QUARK
Replies: 11
Views: 13613

I was almost going to write that it's atcually Tuareg as of the dessert people living in Sahara untill I realized that you were poking fun of European car industry, so I won't.
by Iterman
Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:01 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: DOE
Replies: 18
Views: 42055

Thank you.
So, Roe became Doe. I don't get it. :?
by Iterman
Tue Apr 26, 2005 1:51 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: DOE
Replies: 18
Views: 42055

DOE

The In Play part of the Good Word always contains one or two rather charming and fanciful names. This lead my thought to John and Jane Doe for unknown persons in (American?) English. Now, I can understand John as pretty common name and Jane as pretty similar to John, b u t w h y Doe ? In my neck of ...
by Iterman
Thu Apr 21, 2005 2:33 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: To Insure Prompt Service = TIPS
Replies: 23
Views: 40861

My theory (for what it's worth) is a little different. Compare with other languages as French pour boire (for drink), German Trinkgeld (drink money) and Swedish dricks (dricka -> drink) and you will get tip as the top of the sum or the tip of it so the servant can get tipsy (or maybe it's the the ot...
by Iterman
Wed Apr 20, 2005 2:50 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Swedish subjunctive
Replies: 23
Views: 25904

Byråkraterna talar i imperativ, så ock agitatorerna.
Ingenjörerna talar i indikativ, så ock ombudsmännen.
De som ville att konjunktiven bestode, om möjligt vore, måtte ej vara många.

Alf Henriksson
by Iterman
Sat Apr 09, 2005 7:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: nagarazoku
Replies: 24
Views: 47763

Seems to me that nagarazoku is as easy as multi-tasker in opposite to ´that someone has simultankapacitet' as we say in Swedish.
by Iterman
Fri Apr 08, 2005 3:21 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: THE VATICAN
Replies: 12
Views: 13268

Re: THE VATICAN

Moreover, it does so in all languages: Città del Vaticano (Italian), Ciudad del Vaticano (Spanish), and Cité du Vatican , all of which mean "City of the Vatican". Not so in Swedish however, where it's called Vatikanstaten (NB the k ) which means the State of the Vatican and where the state carries ...
by Iterman
Thu Apr 07, 2005 4:22 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Metaphor
Replies: 7
Views: 9054

:?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:
If meta, as explained above, means "beyond", how come that a meta movie is a movie about a movie.

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