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  • ayant du tacte. C'est un tacteux

    October 30, 2009

  • Sounds more like a baddie from a Shaw brothers movie

    October 27, 2009

  • Don't forget the Imperial Stormtrooper School of Marksmanship

    October 7, 2009

  • Sounds more like a novelty dance to me

    September 27, 2009

  • Sure-footedness would be the anatomical opposite

    September 17, 2009

  • I recently discovered that it is actually Ras Tafari (and not rasta fari), which makes perfect sense if you think of it.

    August 20, 2009

  • Having experienced one at close quarters, I can confirm that they are loud!

    August 17, 2009

  • People who sign a petition

    August 14, 2009

  • To be shunned

    August 11, 2009

  • Now that sounds like something straight out of Lovecraft.

    August 10, 2009

  • a bird, actually

    August 8, 2009

  • always a useful word to know

    August 8, 2009

  • Are you sure this is Zulu?

    August 5, 2009

  • And tasty too

    August 5, 2009

  • You're breaking my heart

    August 5, 2009

  • From the Arabic, surely

    August 5, 2009

  • The fact that St. Thomas Aquinas considers angels to be sui generis is a consequence of imperfections in his ontology. Refute.

    August 5, 2009

  • Depends what you mean by 'speak', but apart from Dutch, three reasonably well, a smattering of six others and I can order a beer in Turkish.

    August 5, 2009

  • Just be careful with that axe

    August 5, 2009

  • Necessary for those sensitive files

    August 5, 2009

  • As I say to many tourists, the only word you really need.

    August 5, 2009

  • I use that a lot

    August 5, 2009

  • Very useful that

    August 5, 2009

  • Can't wait for this to turn up in any of the hospital series (perhaps it has done so already)

    July 24, 2009

  • you don't have to iron it

    July 22, 2009

  • Said of things you can buy in shops

    July 19, 2009

  • I did, and still think it ought to be muffins

    July 15, 2009

  • Mayor Richard Wilkins III ?

    July 15, 2009

  • At a guess, I'd say that they'd have interesting promos at Talk Like A Pirate Day

    July 15, 2009

  • Surely you mean muffins

    July 15, 2009

  • This one actually makes sense

    July 15, 2009

  • That, my friend, is a flexible corrugated PE pipe. Cool name, though.

    June 27, 2009

  • Shouldn't that be 'sees green'?

    June 25, 2009

  • I use tinfoil, myself

    June 24, 2009

  • This could be a unit of astronomical speed. Like make the Kessel run in less than twelve fartleks

    June 24, 2009

  • Forming Hendrices from Hendrix, now that would be a slavish pluralisation.

    June 15, 2009

  • The phrase I'm familiar with is: My tailor is rich

    June 12, 2009

  • Is there a difference with hepatomancy?

    June 10, 2009

  • Well, it doesn't reduplicate completely

    June 10, 2009

  • Patient Sperm, I like that phrase

    June 9, 2009

  • Yep, but that one is already on another list

    June 9, 2009

  • Good one Bilby!

    June 9, 2009

  • If you thinks carbs are bad, wait till you see polycarbs!

    June 6, 2009

  • Officialese to say that it might get dark

    June 6, 2009

  • Makes a hard disk sound so much more festive

    June 6, 2009

  • Officialese to say that it might get dark

    June 6, 2009

  • Bathtubs are far superior. Think of Archimedes!

    June 6, 2009

  • Us dollar, You yen (as Tarzan might say)

    May 29, 2009

  • Some kind of Scandinavian delicacy?

    May 29, 2009

  • Actually, that would be a 'stemmed seeded apple', as Stiel means something like stem or stalk. Sound notwithstanding, it has nothing to do with steel, which of course is Stahl in German, as in Stahlhelm. The Stielhandgranate 24 had a handle, as opposed to the Eihandgranate 39 (egg grenade)

    May 28, 2009

  • I'll use that at the first occasion!

    May 27, 2009

  • This was actually thought up by Amanda Palmer

    May 27, 2009

  • Not quite reduplicating, but some also distinguish a bubalus bubalis bubalis

    May 25, 2009

  • Can one also be chalant?

    May 25, 2009

  • I like that 'This show could use a signature tune up'

    May 24, 2009

  • That would be the music of Peter Thomas

    May 24, 2009

  • Eldritch jiggery-pokery?

    May 24, 2009

  • Mir or Mer is Germanic as well, and has to do with fame, as in Theodomir, Waldemar, Ricimer etc. As Swentibold shows, the Franks didn't understand squat about Slavic names. Besides, were talking 5th Century here, when there wasn't a lot Frankish-Slavic interaction.

    May 23, 2009

  • Or Clovis, as he is also known

    May 22, 2009

  • Actually, it is a very Germanic name Hlud-/Chlod- meaning fame, as in Chlodoveg/Ludwig, Chlodulf etc

    May 22, 2009

  • The Complete Works of Barry White

    May 22, 2009

  • Now Gogo Bearspawn sounds more like the motto of a football team, somewhere in the North West of the USA

    May 22, 2009

  • Yes, I know he is a king of the Vandals, but then again: Thrasamund, King of the Vandals!

    May 22, 2009

  • Or Rodrigo, as the Spanish know him

    May 22, 2009

  • That is an actual genre

    May 22, 2009

  • I like Bereswintha (or Beresuntha) a lot. In fact, a number of these names have survived until modern times, such as Herbert, Lothar, Hubert, Ludwig, Dietrich.. So go ahead

    May 22, 2009

  • Yes, another Goth, but then again, a nice name

    May 22, 2009

  • The German for howitzer is Haubitze

    May 22, 2009

  • German

    May 21, 2009

  • Dutch

    May 21, 2009

  • Or a kind of magical curse Hogwarts undergraduates might use

    May 21, 2009

  • I prefer to think of it a seedy kind of Oriental fast food

    May 21, 2009

  • Among the most studied birds in the world.

    May 20, 2009

  • according to Wiki, a valuable destroyer of pests

    May 20, 2009

  • Thanks!

    May 20, 2009

  • Most interesting. Pulk made it back into German, as you may know. I've encountered polk as the word for 'regiment' in Russian, and Polish has something similar.

    Thanks for explaining where the 'n' came from.

    May 20, 2009

  • Fricassee off!

    May 20, 2009

  • And self-referential too!

    May 20, 2009

  • Svato-polk? Wikipedia informs me that the contemporary version must have been something like Sventopluk. That makes sense, with the Franks replacing the final element with the more familiar -bold.

    May 19, 2009

  • Not strictly Merovingian, I know, but too beautiful to leave out.

    May 19, 2009

  • Politics. Emperor Arnulf of Karinthia named his son after Svatopluk of Moravia, who was the godfather.

    May 19, 2009

  • Which is actually the Frankish version of Svatopluk

    May 19, 2009

  • Either an artifact in a fantasy RPG or a delicacy in the Star Trek universe

    May 19, 2009

  • As made famous by the B52's

    May 18, 2009

  • The Eastern part of the old Frankish kingdom, frequently at war with Neustria, its neighbour to the West

    May 17, 2009

  • Or Cairo, as it appears on most Western maps

    May 16, 2009

  • Surely onomatopeic

    May 16, 2009

  • Besides there are the provinces of Vlaams-Brabant and Brabant wallon in Belgium, and Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands.

    May 15, 2009

  • Well, they have to go about it in other ways, such as 'le nombre de membres est limité à....' L'associaton est seulement ouverte à..

    In fact, the Canadians have membrariat, which sounds horrible

    May 15, 2009

  • At present, there is no French word for membership. So I made one.

    May 15, 2009

  • Le fait d'être membre (ex La membritude est réservée)

    May 15, 2009

  • I've always liked Austrasia

    May 15, 2009

  • What do you mean, disappeared? I'm still living here!

    May 15, 2009

  • You mean you've never heard of it?

    May 15, 2009

  • Apparently it is now OK to say just Gorilla Gorilla

    May 15, 2009

  • According to wikipedia, the smallest of all boobies.

    May 14, 2009

  • The red-footed booby??

    May 14, 2009

  • Mega Breakfast 20K at least

    May 14, 2009

  • noun: older actor who improbably portrays a teenager in film or TV (eg Steve McQueen in The Blob)

    May 14, 2009

  • That would be a priest, I suppose

    May 14, 2009

  • Fit for a king

    May 14, 2009

  • Neizpodbiten, twice shy

    May 13, 2009

  • Matinal Crepuscule would be a goth band, while Ughten is definitely heavy metal

    May 12, 2009

  • No, it is a quote from George Mikes

    May 12, 2009

  • On the continent, many people think life is game. The British think cricket is a game.

    May 12, 2009

  • Fhtagn!

    May 12, 2009

  • I like the idea of things resisting us

    May 12, 2009

  • Just like Kamehameha

    May 12, 2009

  • Torti, but I think in Italy they are known as fusili

    May 11, 2009

  • There is, of course, also the non-flammable version, known as a molotov mocktail

    May 11, 2009

  • Obviously a cognate of Dutch 'ochtend' although in this form, it looks more like first light after a night of heavy drinking.

    May 11, 2009

  • Or a serious accident with cheese fondue

    May 11, 2009

  • The food of shoggoths

    May 11, 2009

  • Thanks for pointing them out!

    May 11, 2009

  • Quite right, my mistake

    May 11, 2009

  • Is this the end of the world through cheese?

    May 11, 2009

  • Mince alors!

    May 8, 2009

  • gadzooks!

    May 8, 2009

  • Known in German as Fehlscharfe

    May 8, 2009

  • Isn't this the common frog?

    May 8, 2009

  • Thanks for the invite to the double dactyl list

    May 6, 2009

  • Selfreferentially?

    May 6, 2009

  • I always thought it was 'et tu'

    May 6, 2009

  • Strangely, French doesn't seem to have a word for blindfold. That's been taken care of, now.

    May 5, 2009

  • Se dit d'un moteur avec beaucoup de couple: les V8 américains sont très coupleux

    May 5, 2009

  • la qualité d'être lisse. Il existe bien le mot lissité en tant que terme mathématique. Pour l'usage quotidien, par contre, l'adjectif 'lisse' n'a pas de substantif. Bien entendu, cette situation ne peut pas durer.

    May 5, 2009

  • adj: relatif aux taupes ou talpidés. cfr bovin, ovin...

    May 5, 2009

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  • Depends what you mean by 'speak', but apart from Dutch, three reasonably well, a smattering of six others and I can order a beer in Turkish.

    August 5, 2009

  • How many languages do you speak altogether?

    August 5, 2009