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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    I've just seen this word on TV and I think it's really cool: erection supervisor. I really think thy should call it different.
    Last edited by Encolpius; 26th April 2010 at 6:58 PM.
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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    Effortlessly & crestfallen are two of my favourite words.
    "It explains." ---- Díky tobě, ó čaji!

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    Spanish Vente a Vodafone (Vodafón), reloj,
    Japanese: Moshi moshi
    French: Bon-Bon, Culottes, Je m'en fous.
    Crotian: Hrvatska
    English words which are supposed to come from Italian like Pizza Pepperoni and Tagliatella (and everything ends in -ella like Cindarella)
    Hello! Corrections of my language mistakes will be welcome. :P

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    English : diarrhoea
    Spanish : I see I´m not the only one who likes the word ´reloj´ :P and I also like chimenea
    Slovak : naozaj (= really )
    French : ecoute - sounds so funny to me
    Czech : Řekni ř ! Neřeknu ! ( = Say ř ! I won´t !)

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    English = what´s up !
    French = moi aussi
    Spanish = * maj/s que ná* ( más que nada )
    We should never walk alone .

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    I call this the World word = "cafe"
    Indigenous = papoose
    Indigenous = pachamama
    French = savez vous
    Spanish = mariposa
    English = discombobulate
    Arabic = Salam / Hebrew= Shalom

    Shortened Phrase (Military/Police) = FUBAR

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    This one I've only discovered recently even though it's French.

    Esperluette

    It refers to the '&' sign (ampersand, I think it is, in English)

    I like the way it sounds, pretty, classy, discreetly elegant.

    (btw, if you split it -- espere luette -- it means hope uvula. )
    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them....well, I have others." (Groucho Marx).

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    Thanks LV4-26, I had no idea about the esperluette, and I am French too!... Is it female, as in "une esperluette"? It sounds really cute.
    In comparison its cousin the @ (aerobas) sounds drab and boring...


    My favorite Spanish word is la madrugada.
    In English, I like handkerchief and I don't even know why...

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    Re: Favorite Phrase or Word

    Quote Originally Posted by Whodunit View Post
    Y thingumajig.
    And also, doohickey.
    No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. -- Abraham Lincoln

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    My favorite words are:
    Spanish: conejo and oveja because they sound just like these animals look
    Russian: давай! /davay/ - let's go! / come on!, because it just sounds cool
    French: abandonner, because it has a melancholy ring to it

    EDIT: thought of an English one: procrastination
    And another one, it doesn’t belong to a language, it’s just a car brand, but I like how it sounds: Suzuki Kizashi
    Last edited by rusita preciosa; 6th July 2010 at 2:34 AM.

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    French: Invraissamblable (This word is invraissamblable! Invraissamblablement!)
    English: Transvestitism. Varooka.
    Russian: Dorogoy/a
    Finnish: Saippuakivikauppias (World's biggest palindrome)
    Spanish: Desenchufáááááááááte !
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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    My favorite English word: a
    My favorite Spanish word: y
    My favorite Portuguese word: e
    My favorite Italian word: o
    My favorite Slovak word: i
    My favorite Croatian word: u

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    I have another favorite English word: serendipity! I exclaim that every time I end up in a lucky situation.
    No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. -- Abraham Lincoln

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    De mi idioma me gustan mucho algunas palabras que vienen del árabe, como albahaca, alhucema...

    Tengo otra favorita que suele resultar difícil de pronunciar para muchos extranjeros: guijarro. Tengo una amiga francesa que no ha sido capaz de pronunciarla bien nunca, lo mismo que el nombre de la ciudad Guadalajara que, por cierto, también es de origen árabe.

    En inglés me encanta la palabra "exhausted". Me suena muy elegante.

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    Pues mi palabra favorita en inglés es Twilight, no sé porque, y no
    es por la saga de las pelis, es por el juego de Zelda de la Wii, y no sé
    porque pero me encanta.

    y en alemán es: Kokosflocken o algo así no recuerdo bien como se escribe
    y es coco rallado, me resultó super graciosa la primera vez que la escuché

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    Just found this, and I think this is great!

    Dutch: hoeveelheid ('howmuchness')

    It means "amount".
    That which caterpillars call the end of the world, we call the butterfly. Sitä, mitä toukka kutsuu maailmanlopuksi, me kutsumme perhoseksi.

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    Álgebra, por su origen.
    En árabe significa algo así como 'componer/ajustar huesos'

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by catlady60 View Post
    I have another favorite English word: serendipity! I exclaim that every time I end up in a lucky situation.
    I love it too! It reminds me of its equivalent in Spanish, chiripa, which sounds very amusing.

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    Re: Favorite Words or Phrases

    "Prego!" is a word a miss a lot here in the US. When someone says, for example, "Excuse me" in order to ask me to move over so she can pass me, I find myself wanting to say "Prego," realizing I can't, and then standing there dumbstruck, saying nothing, like my brain has frozen. I hate that feeling. I feel it is a word we need in English and don't have.

    (It is therefore impossible to fully translate into English, but means many things (besides "you're welcome"), along the lines of "please do," "go ahead," "help yourself," and "knock yourself out" — but most especially, it is inviting and kind and warm, and usually happily emphatic.)

    I have always loved the word "ciruela," plum, in Spanish. I just think it's gorgeous and musical.

    I'm not from Texas, I'm from Boston. So when I moved here, I was tickled by all kinds of Texan idioms. One I love is "All hat and no cattle." (In a Texas drawl, of course.) It means all show and no substance. (As in, 'All talk and no action' or 'All talk and no trousers.') I just love the cartoon image I get of a swaggering cowboy wearing a three-foot-tall cowboy hat... and having no cattle.

    I love the way people in Costa Rica say "con mucho gusto" (with great pleasure) for "you're welcome," instead of "de nada" (it's nothing/don't mention it).

    I like the "j" sound in Portuguese... (It's the same sound my name begins with, now that I think of it) – and "juba" (mane).

    And "capoeira."

    aaaaaaAÁndale!" will always have a special place in my heart. : )

    An English word? Snafu.

    ~Genève
    A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ~Maya Angelou

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    Re: Favorite Phrase or Word

    Quote Originally Posted by catlady60 View Post
    And also, doohickey.

    And "whatshisface" (what's-his-face).
    A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ~Maya Angelou

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