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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:50 pm 
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Catalan:
Question: Cap cap cap?
Answer: Cap cap cap.

Translation:
Any head fits?
No head fits.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:45 pm 
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Á aá.
His armpit smarts (from an irritated wound).

This is sort of old-fashioned Lakota, nowadays you'd be more likely to hear Á oyáya for the same thing, but that's just not as fun.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:26 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:20 pm 
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I found some interesting Finnish words at :

12 consecutive vowel letters: riiuuyöaieoionta 'courting night intention rectification'
11 consecutive double letters: kookkaammuussyytteellään 'his/her/its accusation of being bigger (adessive)'
7 consecutive double letters (non-compound): kookkaammuuttaan 'his/her/its state of being bigger (partitive)'

Words that contain only one vowel but as many times as possible (no compounds):
kaakatattajatartaankaanhan, määrääjätärtäänkään, seppeleeseenne, suurustuvuus, syyhyyntyvyys, risiinillisimpiinikin

Words that consist of a repeated string (9 letters or more, no compounds):
jättäjättä, kinkinkin, köhänköhän, mättämättä, Nissanissa, pahanpahan, sahansahan, Siltasilta, sinkosinko, tapastapas, tavattavat, tullatulla, tutustutus, valtavalta

'_' can be replaced with any short vowel:
t_kin: takin, tekin, tikin, tokin, tukin, tykin, täkin, tökin
m_kin: makin, mekin, mikin, mokin, mukin, mykin, mäkin, mökin

Any or all of the last three letters of the word tule can be doubled:
tule, tuule, tulle, tuulle, tulee, tuulee, tullee, tuullee


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:56 pm 
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In Hebrew there is the famous sentence "אישה נעלה נעלה נעלה נעלה את הדלת בפני בעלה", "isha na'ala na'ala na'ala na'ala et hadelet bifney ba'ala", "A superior woman put on her shoe and locked the door from her husband".


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:06 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:57 am 
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Icelandic:
Árni á á á á á beit.

English:
Árni who lives at [the farm] River owns an ewe that's grazing.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:12 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:32 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:33 pm 
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I asked a Thuringian coworker if she knew a good German equivalent to "To each his own" and she came out with "Jeder nach seinem chacun," an unholy blend of "Jeder nach seinem Geschmack" and the expression this is calqued from, "Chacun à son gout".


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:05 pm 
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I only know "Jedem das Seine." Except you gotta be extremely careful using that around the politically hypercorrect, because the Nazis (ab)used it on the gates of the Buchenwald concentration camp, so the phrase is forever tainted and may never be used again... :roll:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:40 am 
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The word (well, phrase) for 'to know a language' in Kalam is mnm nŋ.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:10 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:21 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:41 am 
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there is a pretty famous example sentence in south-east dialect of Korean: '가가 가가(gaga gaga)?', which means "ah! was that the person?".
and 'ga ga ga ga ga' can be interpreted by numerous different ways. for example, it can mean either 'does that person belong to Ga family?', 'take it and go away!', 'as you go, take it there' or 'the person of Ga family shall go there'... etc..


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:34 pm 
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Old Genoese: A éia e âe? Does it have wings?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:50 am 
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o u é ao o e o i é ao e
/u u E aw o i u i E aw e/
[u.'wu.'E.o.'o.ju.'i.'E.o.'e]
"<o> is to <u> and <e> is to <i>"

once came up in Portuguese class discussing vowel reduction.

Also in the Portugal dialect you could possibly get /uuuu/:

continuo "I go on" /ko~.ti.nuu/ [ko~.ti.nuw]
continuo-o "I go on with it" /ko~.ti.nuuu/ [ko~.ti.'nu.uw]
continuo o u "I go on with the <u>" /ko~.ti.nuu u u/ [ko~.ti.'nuw._u.'wu]


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:20 pm 
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James while John had had had had had had had had had a bigger influence on the teacher.
With the correct punctuation/prosody becomes an actual sentence in English. Who knows this one?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:35 am 
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Me! I know it!
What about:

Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo?


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