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Author Topic: Favourite Words Borrowed Completely From Foreign Tongues?  (Read 12190 times)
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« on: November 10, 2008, 08:48:29 PM »

Do any of you have words that have entered your lexicons from an utterly differant laguage,I know I have a few

Blarney-From Irish/Gaelic---Coaxing,witty and clever talk,
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2008, 11:50:22 AM »

Mugwa (Polish word for fog)
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2008, 03:14:17 PM »

Being located in close proximity to Latin America, my friends and I use many Spanish words including manana (with the wave over the first n), loco to describe ourselves, and when we're at the bar/pub and we've drank a few and it's time to break the seal, we say neccesito ir al bano (with the wave over the n in bano).
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2008, 03:32:35 PM »

Actually Dandy ...sorry to come across as a lingo pedant but the majority of words you do use (over 80%)  initially come from a totally different language anyway given our country's historical past sunbsequent invasions from the Danes, Romans and Normans from whom the bulk of our linguistic terms emanate.

Much later linguistic invasion of course from The Americans who colonised us via fast food outlets and the Big Screen and the good old idiot box. It is thanks to them you can now say things like "cool" when your discourse has absolutely nothing whatosever to do with temperature delineation and say things like "take in a movie" or "catch a soup" or "make out". Or "bitchin'" or "natch" or "I'm lovin' it" or " Yo Dude" or
"hubba hubba hubba"....even "OK" is an Americanism. 

I'm currently having a dalliance with "gloam" ....very DH Lawrence...it describes the waning dusk light upon the day.
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2008, 06:16:31 PM »

Yes, Goldie, that is a widely known fact. He means words that you personally have taken from another language and use. Not ones already in our language.
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2008, 02:41:49 PM »

Yes Vixor that is something which I fully understood when I read his posting and what I was saying is that the majority of words we use are "foreign" anyway.

Do you like the word farl...it means mega sized shortbread that you lot mak' when you're up in the mountains tossing cabers and having a wee drammie and reading yer Billy McGonagall & yer Rabbie Burns. Where would we be without the Scots for language eh ?

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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2008, 02:59:17 AM »

shite.  i love that word.  shite.  shite.  shite. 

feels good just typing it. 

no, i have not been drinking. 

yet.
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2008, 05:20:36 AM »

I borrow words from the French Language. Faux is a personal favourite.
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2008, 12:38:41 PM »

I've never heard you say it. As in faux pas ? Do you use any other Frenchy terms ? Dunt gu darn too well in Wakey surely ?

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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2008, 06:08:01 PM »

I've heard it 'him say it often...
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« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2008, 02:08:35 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2009, 04:48:17 PM »

What about Mahola??
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2009, 04:49:25 PM »

or A'rebours?
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2009, 01:49:10 AM »

being a Yorkshireman or a Man of Yorkshire..........i do indeed like Caffling' Keithley Gaelic........for knocking some-one out

and........Ganzy...a local word for a fishing jumper.........exclusively worn by Flambourgh Fisher-men

and Barrio.......an Argentinian word to descibe a run down part of a city/town......i think

and lots more......
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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2009, 03:49:28 AM »

i do also like ciao.  i like every italian word... mostly the ones i don't understand... being yelled at me. lol. that's hot. 
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« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2009, 11:07:03 AM »

hello, I like 'merde' and 'hijo de puta' in fact I really like all swear words, I use them all frequently.
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2009, 09:00:37 PM »

Hijo de puta? What does that mean?
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« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2009, 10:51:52 PM »

being a Yorkshireman or a Man of Yorkshire..........i do indeed like Caffling' Keithley Gaelic........for knocking some-one out

and........Ganzy...a local word for a fishing jumper.........exclusively worn by Flambourgh Fisher-men

These are excellent. My one's not in the spirit of the thread; more an extension of Ari's.

In Sheffield, amongst hard men of a certain age giving someone 'the Scarborough warning' means putting the frighteners on, the last step short of adminsitering a fearful beating. Is that jsust Sheffield, or has anyone else heard of it?
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« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2009, 11:13:09 PM »

Son of a bitch, or possibly also interpreted as mother fucker. No, seriously.

Shame...
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« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2009, 01:39:47 PM »

In Sheffield, amongst hard men of a certain age giving someone 'the Scarborough warning' means putting the frighteners on, the last step short of adminsitering a fearful beating. Is that jsust Sheffield, or has anyone else heard of it?

I've heard this one a few times. Never been at the recieving end, mind.
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« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2009, 06:37:58 PM »

isn't "puta" whore?
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« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2009, 10:01:27 PM »

Contextual I think.
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« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2009, 03:43:25 PM »

The Germans have given a massive amount to modern English.
Reich,Angst,Kintergarten,Zeitgiest,Leitmotif,Gestalt.
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