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Started by Stillife on 14-Feb-2017 18:26:34
Foreign words you like

Quite a few I see from day to day and like the sound of.

eg 'Memsaab'

May be nice to post the meanings too, as I wasn't sure what this word meant up until recently . (I thought it related to men)

Meaning

Memsaab or Memsahib, a variation of Sahib, an Arabic term, which is also a loanword in several languages. Memsaab is a title for a woman in a position of authority and/or the wife of a Sahib.

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spartak - 14 Feb 2017 18:30:45 (#1 of 366)

'Pervy' in Russian means 'first'. So channel 1 is 'Pervy channel'. Makes me giggle.

SinnerBoy - 14 Feb 2017 18:32:40 (#2 of 366)

Stariy machalka.

It means old sponge.

Don't say it to Russian speaking women.

HerrWalrus - 14 Feb 2017 18:38:05 (#3 of 366)

Zugzwang. Originally used in chess. When you're in a situation where any move you make puts you further in the sticky brown stuff.

Shabbyman - 14 Feb 2017 18:38:49 (#4 of 366)

Tennisman. French for a man who plays tennis. The plural is tennismans.

wickeltisch - 14 Feb 2017 18:39:56 (#5 of 366)

Haberdashery

Well, It's foreign for me.

browserbutton - 14 Feb 2017 18:42:48 (#6 of 366)

When I was in Germany I noticed that a lot of women answer to the name Alice Klar. But my favourite was the gorgeous, buxom Alison Ordnung.

TenGorillas - 14 Feb 2017 18:54:40 (#7 of 366)

Clébard, which is French for a mutt. Shortened to clebs. Don't know why it appeals so, but it does.

guigal - 14 Feb 2017 19:06:57 (#8 of 366)

The waiter at the The Tollygunge Club wafted in and, with a respectful bow, said, "Here is your pink gin, Sahib ". Momentarily (in the British sense), I was glad of the Empire.

barkis - 14 Feb 2017 19:26:48 (#9 of 366)

"warum". Much more weighty than "why".

tasselhoff - 14 Feb 2017 19:38:06 (#10 of 366)

Iirc, Clébard has Arabic roots.

Ausfahrt

indlovubill - 14 Feb 2017 19:41:26 (#11 of 366)

Memsaab is a title for a woman in a position of authority and/or the wife of a Sahib.



As in 'Going out for a beer?' answer 'I'll have to consult the Memsahib'

wickeltisch - 14 Feb 2017 19:45:17 (#12 of 366)

Fare colazione

Sounds much better than 'have breakfast' or 'frühstücken', makes the day start like a musical tune.

darkhorse - 14 Feb 2017 20:15:58 (#13 of 366)

kugelschreiber

Which seems to me a laborious but amusing long word for "pen".

carterbrandon - 14 Feb 2017 21:11:29 (#14 of 366)

Wierd. That popped into my head unbidden 3 hours ago, before I even saw this thread was there.

Sabacious - 14 Feb 2017 21:16:42 (#15 of 366)

Narskua

Finnish onomatopoeic word for the sound made when walking in fresh snow.

Tomnoddy - 14 Feb 2017 21:21:26 (#16 of 366)

Quincaillerie. Since we are on onomatopoeia.

Surely guessable? Oh, all right, French for ironmonger. I may have misspelt it.

tasselhoff - 14 Feb 2017 21:25:02 (#17 of 366)

quincaillerie

hailesaladdie - 14 Feb 2017 21:31:05 (#18 of 366)

The mild Dutch expletive godverdomme is remarkably satisfying.

hailesaladdie - 14 Feb 2017 21:32:35 (#19 of 366)

And the Danish for 50, halvtreds, is pleasingly bonkers, given it means "half less than three, implicitly times 20".

AshburtonAbove - 14 Feb 2017 21:35:40 (#20 of 366)

There's a team in Denmark called Middelfart. The youngster inside me loves that.

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