Thanks for pointing that out, Bilby, I didn't notice. I copied it straight from my Notepad, where I was shifting around all these words during the last two days to see which one would fit best for each participant. And grawlax is a great word, me likes it too much :P I'll leave it to Rolig then, and try to come up with a new word for Seanahan. Ugh, it's so difficult and discombobulating!
It is a Slavic language, amirite? Czech? Let me improvise: a small boy and a small girl (the emphasis on small) are eating something or walking somewhere, drinking cacao? Don't laugh. It sounds like that (I'm using my Russian to decipher that).
Edited. That's what I get when I don't read the comments!! Darn.
Heh, that's a good one, thanks, Chained_Bear. Surprisingly, it isn't in my 85,000-word bilingual dictionary. It looks like I'll have get out my bulky English-Russian dictionary for a precise translation.
*sporfles coffee all over keyboard* Sorry, folks, I didn't check it before painstakingly copying it from my huge list. I innocently presumed that minge is a kind of collective term for a group of something, I didn't even think of looking it up in the first place. Is it even correct? Still, even if it isn't, I'll leave it up for the entertainment value.
Er, sorry, but occasionally a joke is lost on me. No matter how hard you study a foreign language, you can't be as fluent and well-versed in the intricacies of language as its native speaker.
When I stop and think about it, other meanings of these words immediately come to mind. However, words in general are much more polysemous in English language than my own, so it's sometimes difficult for me to separate the funniest sense of the word from the most obvious one.
And no, C_B, I don't normally look at birds with an unreserved carnivorous intent, birds are cute and cuddly :P
Edited. I use the indefinite article a so it would be immediately obvious that what I'm referring to is a group, for example, a pitying of turtledoves (won't it sound a little ambiguous otherwise?).
It is a plump of geese when it's in front of you, making you think of nice, appetizing roasted fowls, whereas when it's above you and in movement, and you are in danger of being defecated on from up above, it is a wedge of geese. Right? Right.
"The term "deadpan" first emerged as an adjective or adverb in the 1920s, as a compound word combining "dead" and "pan" (a slang term for the face). It was first recorded as a noun in Vanity Fair in 1927; a dead pan was thus 'a face or facial expression displaying no emotion, animation, or humor'. The verb deadpan 'to speak, act, or utter in a deadpan manner; to maintain a dead pan' arose by the early 1940s, apparently as a journalistic coinage rather than a theatrical one.
It must be noted that today its use is especially common in humour from the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is also very appreciated in France, by the influence of the "esprit" (dry-humour mostly). Many popular American sitcoms also used deadpan expressions, most notably Friends and Seinfeld. Dry humor is often confused with highbrow or egghead humor. Although these forms of humor are often dry, the term dry humor actually only refers to the method of delivery, not necessarily the content." – Etymology of "deadpan" from the Reference.com
I tried to Google it, C_B, but got a slew of contradictory results back. The word tectonic was already familiar to me from geography, but my little sister is currently obsessed with what she calls tektonik, a very popular new dance with difficult-to-learn moves, supposedly invented (and copyrighted, can you believe it!) in France.
This is what Google regurgitates to me:
Results 1 - 10 of about 4,210,000 for tectonic.
Results 1 - 10 of about 225,000 for tectonik.
Results 1 - 10 of about 160,000 for tektonic.
Results 1 - 10 of about 1,270,000 for tektonik.
It sounds sirius-ly dangerous. I wouldn't want to bump into a red-ringed madrona sucker alone in a dark night. Do you know what kind of places they frequent? And who is madrona and why is she (it?) being sucked? And how? *creeped-out* *alarmed*
Cuil the search engine does not support Boolean/wildcard queries, which means that it's never going to be my default search engine :/ And its name is a bit off-putting, too, because of its similarity to Latvian kuilis, a (domestic) boar.
In Latvian, we use a transliterated form of this word: krupjē. For a long time I believed that what it meant was a toad, because of its striking similarity to the Latvian word for this amphibian krupis. I only got the meaning right when I turned about twelve :/
Thanks for my Christmas presents--the fluffy bilby and the chained_bear are my favoritest presents ever! Now that the Christmas season is over, I was just wondering if there's any chance you might be able to allow one of your elves to come visit us--specifically the elf who makes great comments, wears foofy princess dresses, and can speak Latvian.
Maybe I'll add some Latvian words some time later this year. I don't want to start creating entirely new lists just now, as I'm going to be moving away in two weeks, and will be AWOL from the internets for a while until everything's settled (that will probably take a couple of months, I suppose).
One meow added as per request (see your new and improved list here).
And I'd love for you to engage in some wild speculations! *g* The second part of my nick does Mean Something. Er, well, not really – I've borrowed it form a certain book we've all read. Or should have read *g*
Hi Mia, are you going to add some Latvian words? I'd love to see some and I'm sure there are others here who would also enjoy the enlightenment. Meanwhile, please miao for me here. P.S. Does your nick mean anything, or should sionnach and I commence wild speculation?
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I sleep best when I shouldn't, for example, when there's a lot of work or studying to do, and currently everything's finished, which accounts for my total lack of desire to sleep. I mean, what's the point? Sleep is more valuable when my precious work time is spent indulging in it.
No problem. It might be worth looking around a bit, though. Some of the more historic pages that offer insight into how this site works (which isn't like any other site I've seen) are bugs and features. (Read from bottom to top, if you haven't noticed that already.) There's also a list of suggested "rules" someplace, though there really are no rules on Wordie, except "be nice." :)
It isn't that you're flooding anything. But everything you enter, whether comment or word, appears within a minute or two on the front page. :)
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