Foo - Foreign language idioms vs. English
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I'm really enjoying the Commonweath vs. American English thread and thought I'd take it one step further. What are some idioms in languages other than English and what do they mean when literally translated?
For example, I have a couple zoological terms in German:
turtle = Schildkröte (shielded toad)
Oddly, "Schnecke,, means both snail and slug. They differentiate by saying Schnecke mit Haus (with house) and Schnecke ohne Haus (without house). I've just checked Leo (http://dict.leo.org/), and they list "Wegschneke,, (waysnail) as the word for slug. My host family lived in Southern Germany. I wonder if this is regional?
Hab spaß! (have fun)
06-13-06, 08:52 AM
BrustWart - literally "breast wart" is German for nipple.
And in Spanish the same word is used for Lobsters and Locusts.
56/12 and 22/28
06-13-06, 09:05 AM
It means "many thankings," or just thank you. :p
Siu Blue Wind
06-13-06, 09:09 AM
"Bachi" (Japanese) What goes around, comes around. You get what's coming......
06-13-06, 10:09 AM
In Spanish, your significant other is your "media naranja"...your "half an orange".
06-13-06, 10:21 AM
Oddly, "Schnecke,, means both snail and slug. They differentiate by saying Schnecke mit Haus (with house) and Schnecke ohne Haus (without house).
Well that explains something. I grew up in Louisville in a very German neighborhood. We always called slugs snails. I suppose that was a result of the German influence.
06-13-06, 10:33 AM
Sinistre is Italian for left-handed, as well as sinister.
Auslandische (sorry, can't get an umlaut) means "foreign" in German, where "outlandish" in English comes from.
Wapiti is some Native American lingo for Elk, literally means "white rump".
06-13-06, 10:40 AM
"Hippity-hoppity, here comes a Wapiti!"
Hmm. You need some foreign characters? I'll help you out. Hold down the ALT key, type the number, lift off the ALT key and voila!
ä = ALT 132
Ä = ALT 142
ö = ALT 148
Ö = ALT 153
ü = ALT 129
Ü = ALT 154
ß = ALT 225
ñ = ALT 164
Ñ = ALT 165
There's your umlauts, Muccapazza!
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