ZEFRANK.COM - message board  

Go Back   ZEFRANK.COM - message board > Et Cetera
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 4 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 01-08-2009, 11:20 AM   #106
Stephi_B
waaaaaaa :)
 
Stephi_B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Berlin
Posts: 3,875
from aeaeae to zugzwang
Stephi_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2009, 07:56 PM   #107
Stephi_B
waaaaaaa :)
 
Stephi_B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Berlin
Posts: 3,875
Especially dedicated to Mr Zerö -- the 10 most beautiful endangered words (as elected in 2007) of me tongue:


1. Kleinod

2. blümerant

3. Dreikäsehoch

4. Labsal

5. bauchpinseln

6. Augenstern

7. fernmündlich

8. Lichtspielhaus

9. hold

10. Schlüpfer

Stephi_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 07:03 AM   #108
zero
ª ★ ª
 
zero's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: lª m°°n
Posts: 13,853
^t.u. - i got some funny stares from nearby fellow employee coworkers just now when i had a wee augenblick to maself, speaking that topten quietly under my breath & wondering what they mean. and now i'm wondering if there are similar toptens from, e.g., ysa's slovakias or frieda's nether regions - i bet they have plenty nice ones too.
zero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 09:40 AM   #109
Stephi_B
waaaaaaa :)
 
Stephi_B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Berlin
Posts: 3,875
^Me too wanna hear the Nether 'n Slovakias top ten, and also the EnglishIrishScottishWelsh, Amerikanski, Australish and New Zeeish most beautiful and rare and precious and endangered to die out words!!

And today I start here to explain a bit our top ten (for those who yearn for more there's even a 2-volume encyclopedia and a website http://www.bedrohte-woerter.de/ with excerpts etc):

10. Schlüpfer

a word I actually have grown up with as it seems more common still in the South, it is a collective word for the lower part of underwear a woman (at least heard it very rarely to be used for men?) might wear and gets more and more replaced by such words like slip, tanga, panties, ....
It derives from the verb schlüpfen = to slip (in/out) which is very simple and makes a lot of sense, but nevertheless gives a cute as well as somewhat cheeky word
Stephi_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 12:52 PM   #110
YsaPur EsChomuw
oi
 
YsaPur EsChomuw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 5,208
^ can't think of any about-to-become-extinct-words
YsaPur EsChomuw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 01:58 PM   #111
Stephi_B
waaaaaaa :)
 
Stephi_B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Berlin
Posts: 3,875
^mmh?.... then the most beautiful and precious words you have in not to become extinct Hungarian and Slovakian!

Stephi_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 10:53 AM   #112
Stephi_B
waaaaaaa :)
 
Stephi_B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Berlin
Posts: 3,875
9. hold

The dictionary offers comely, dainty, graceful and lovely; but it's really a very old expression which makes me immediately think of a "holde Maid", being a Burgfräulein of course, sitting in the tower window of a castle, minnesingers praise her downstairs in the court, while she awaits the return of her favoured young knight (who is a "holder Jüngling", evidently) who is out to slay some dragon to get her hand....
I like the sound of it , though with respect to people it scarcely appears nowerdays (it should!). Today it's still used in expressions like "das Glück ist mir hold", i.e. luck is (constantly) favourable towards me, where it means "(constantly) favourable".
By a quick search I could only find one possible root it might derive from (and which would make sense in both forms of meaning): "Holde" being an expression for a good, female spirit.
Stephi_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 11:34 PM   #113
MoJoRiSin
unbelievable
 
MoJoRiSin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5,664
cellar-door
__________________
From stone tablets to html code, it's not lost on me.
MoJoRiSin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 11:37 PM   #114
MoJoRiSin
unbelievable
 
MoJoRiSin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5,664
^ Stephi_B

form 01.08.09

they are all G R E A T !!
Caravanserai n.
The Superior Person's word for a motel. Strictly speaking, a Middle Eastern caravan park, consisting of what Webster calls a "large, rude unfurnished building" surrounding an open courtyard.
__________________
From stone tablets to html code, it's not lost on me.
MoJoRiSin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2009, 12:06 AM   #115
MoJoRiSin
unbelievable
 
MoJoRiSin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5,664
picket-fence
__________________
From stone tablets to html code, it's not lost on me.
MoJoRiSin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2009, 12:24 AM   #116
Stephi_B
waaaaaaa :)
 
Stephi_B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Berlin
Posts: 3,875
^^

8. Lichtspielhaus

= lightplayhouse; means cinema, sometimes still used in the newspapers' feuilleton, but otherwise replaced by "Kino".
Stephi_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2009, 12:42 AM   #117
Hyakujo's Fox
left hanging
 
Hyakujo's Fox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: between the click of the light and the start of the dream
Posts: 10,071
blümerant - plant growth accelerator
Hyakujo's Fox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2009, 09:42 AM   #118
Stephi_B
waaaaaaa :)
 
Stephi_B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Berlin
Posts: 3,875


almost....

2. blümerant

derives from the French word for faint blue, literally 'dying blue', and is used to indicate that one feels fuzzy, strange, or even close to fainting.... say if you paid overmuch tribute to Lady Vodka the night before and rise too fast In Berlin people are still going blümerant ("Mir wird janz blümerant....") at times, while elsewhere people have never known or forgotten about this particular colour-sensation that sounds like a flower and use other, less poetic, words to describe such a state.
Stephi_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2009, 09:44 AM   #119
Stephi_B
waaaaaaa :)
 
Stephi_B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Berlin
Posts: 3,875


almost....

2. blümerant

derives from the French word for faint blue, literally 'dying blue', and is used to indicate that one feels dizzy, strange, or even close to fainting.... say if you paid overmuch tribute to Lady Vodka the night before and rise too fast In Berlin people are still going blümerant ("Mir wird janz blümerant....") at times, while elsewhere people have never known or forgotten about this particular colour-sensation that sounds like a flower and use other, less poetic, words to describe such a state.
Stephi_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2009, 10:31 AM   #120
Stephi_B
waaaaaaa :)
 
Stephi_B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Berlin
Posts: 3,875
^oops for the non-editable double-Blümeranz.... the ladder is more correct.



One more and the fine rest (amongst them three of my very favourites, standing aside gems like Augenblick, Weltschmerz, Feierabend, .... see above) then on Monday (cunning guesses like Hfox' are welcome in the meantime ):

7. fernmündlich

= far-orally, lit. far-mouthly, that is "by/on/via phone", modern Germish: telefonisch; just like Telefon has made the far-speaker - Fernsprecher - obsolete.
Stephi_B is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -3. The time now is 11:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.