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Oooh, that never dawned on me. I made it up just based on the phonetics. I was asking my friend about what measure word should be used for small animals like spiders - turns out it's the same one as for medium sized animals like cats and chickens (there's a different one for larger animals like cattle). It sounds funny - yì zhī zhīzhū. Then there's the two words yìzhí zhùyì - always pays attention to - which sounds similar. A pig is yì zhī zhū, similar again, but the object of zhùyì must be definite, so hey presto, zhè zhī zhū, this pig. Hadn't realised the Charlotte's Web connection.


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"She will eat" is íosfaidh sí, in Irish, pronounced /iːsˠə ʃiː/. Probably the closest you could get to "eeee ee" is the imperative "eat her!", ith í, which is pronounced /ɪ iː/.

I'm not as familiar with Welsh, but I think it would be bydd hi'n bwyta, using a verbal noun, and the inflected version would probably be bwytith hi, so I suppose the Brythonic languages use a different root for "eat". Take the Welsh with a grain of salt, though, and I'd appreciate correction from someone with more experience.


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I'm sure I have referenced to this particular morpheme before, but what the hell; here's a real phrase from a friend of mine, he really said it, and everyone around him understood perfectly.

preguntale la wea al weon de la wea weon.

ask-2ND.IMPERATIVE ARTICLE [wea] TO.THE [wea-PERSONALIZER] of ARTICLE [wea] [wea-VOCATIVE]

I love the 'we' morpheme


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What on earth is that even supposed to mean? Something along the lines of "ask the dude about the thing, man"? Except I've missed at least one wea there I think...


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An example that's sometimes quoted for the original dialect of Kassel, Germany: Get de Redde dä? --- Nä, ne mä. [ˈɡɛdɛ ˈrɛdə ˈdɛː || ˈnɛː nɛ ˈmɛː]. In a more standard German that would read Gehört der Rüde dir? --- Nein, nicht mir. Note that Rüde has become the word for "dog" in general, as opposed to Standard German Hund. In English the sentence is "Is that your dog? --- No, not mine."


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A completely nonsensical, but grammatically correct Lakota dialogue I made up:

--Hiŋháŋ hé hihí... Híŋ!
--Hehá "Hiŋháŋ hé hihí" ehá he?
--Háŋ.
--"Híŋ" ée he?
--Háŋ, hiŋháŋ hí hihí.
--Hehehé! "Hiŋháŋ hí" ehé!
--Hiŋháŋ híŋ hihí.
--Oháŋ. Hohí.
--Hahó hahó!
--Háŋ.

--Owl horn is soft... Oops!
--Did you say: "Owl horn is soft"?
--Yes.
--Instead of "feathers"?
--Yes, owl teeth are soft.
--Oh no! You said "owl teeth"!
--Owl feathers are soft.
--OK. Take the pipe.
--Thank you!
--You're welcome.

There are lots more words with only 'h' and vowels in them, but the dialogue would hve been far too lengthy and disorganized, and I couldn't have made it grammatically correct without adding in words that don't have an 'h'. It would also have made far less sense semantically.


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In Finnish there is this word: hääyöaie.
Does this qualify?

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Baffona
The Italian word for an attractive woman with a moustache.
Gattara
Italian word for a lonely elderly woman who devotes herself to stray cats.

Dove posso seppellire il cadavere della prostituta?
Mangiare il fegato, al momento della cena.


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Swedish:
I och med att en annan till och med efterlyste grönsaker och dammsugare, vart en annan dum i huvudet.

Translation:
Since I even wanted to find vegetables and hoovers, I became stupid.

Literal translation:
In and with that another to and with afterlit greenthings and dustsuckers, became another dumb in the head.

I thought it sounded funny when literally translated, at least~


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Just to show to Nortaneous that these are in fact very common sets of words that we use several times just about every day:



MSN conversation from minutes ago.

I och för sig would be something like in and for oneself (sig has no exact translation; it's a reflexive third person version if me and thee; same as Spanish se in most contexts), and actually means something along the lines of that's true, and it's understood that one had to think about it first and then realised that was the case (... it's really hard to exactly translate it; care to give me a hand here, Richard?).


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A possible sentence in my area of Sweden:

"Mula mig vrängd."
"Rub snow in my face so that I get turned inside out."

Swedish surely is a handy language.


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