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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:27 am    Post subject:

You don't. That is why expressions are so interesting. Where do they come from. And why on gods holy earth are a sandwich called a sandwich?
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:31 am    Post subject:

why are cows called cows? lol
why are bananas called bananas? lol Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject:

Those are easier to uinderstand, because they are so basic.

A sandwich on the other hand is a much more constructed word. Why does it for example contain "sand". I don't know english, so I cant give an explanation. But I can give another example.

Take a look at the word "breakfast". Can you see it's origin?
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:41 am    Post subject:

of course i can! lol
what do you mean its origin, its its current meaning to!

the food to break your fast!
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:47 am    Post subject:

Good. nodding smiley Now tell me about sandwhich.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject:

no idea, to be honest.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:53 am    Post subject:

Exactly.

In Swedish, sandwich is "smörgås". Which means "butter goose". In plural, it's "smörgåsar", whcih is odd, because plural of goose, "gås" is "gäss". It was a mystery for long, but now I know the explanation to it.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:54 am    Post subject:

i looked it up.
its named after the guy who invented it, who was the 4th earl of sandwich. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:59 am    Post subject:

Oh really Confused Well that was a good one. I knew that rubber boots were named after Wellington, and now I have another one. Huh, you like to name things after people, you english.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 11:00 am    Post subject:

im not english! lol

and we dont call them wellingtons like the poms do, we call them gum boots.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 11:05 am    Post subject:

Well, you are more English that I am. Besides, our government preferres the use of English English to the farthest possible extent, and so do I. Then Australian English, and at the very bottom, American english.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 11:23 am    Post subject:

even monty python call them gumboots see the gumbys
and they are definately from Pommyland Mr. Green

haha the auto correct suggested fairyland for Pommyland XD

na "unter die haut gehen" natürlich!

"Der Roman geht unter die Haut"; "Ihr Lied über die Obdachlosigkeit ging mir richtig unter die Haut"; "Du gehst mir unter die Haut"; "Hier lerne ich mehr über Menschlichkeit und über mich selbst, als andere in ihrem ganzen Leben. Was ich hier erlebe, geht unter die Haut"; "INSIGNIA steht für progressive, melodiöse Rockmusik, die unter die Haut geht"; "Vorsicht, Suchtgefahr! Ihre warme, ausdrucksvolle Stimme geht unter die Haut, ihre Songs sind abwechslungsreich, mal traurig, melancholisch, dann wieder fast rockig"; "Haneke gelingt es, mit nüchternen, kargen Bildern eine Welt der Obsession und Verletzlichkeit aufzuzeigen, die sich unter die Haut frisst"; "Ein gut gemachter Gruselfilm kann ganz schön unter die Haut gehen"

you could have guessed that Razz
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 11:38 am    Post subject:

Almost poetic, that little piece Devil

Certainly, but I wasn't sure. Razz

Åh! Vänta... in under mitt skinn?... Confused In under huden... I think it exists, but the use is not that common. I mean, there are more common ones.

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INSIGNIA steht für progressive, melodiöse Rockmusik, die unter die Haut geht"; "Vorsicht, Suchtgefahr! Ihre warme, ausdrucksvolle Stimme geht unter die Haut, ihre Songs sind abwechslungsreich, mal traurig, melancholisch, dann wieder fast rockig
Oh how horrible Devil
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 12:01 pm    Post subject:

well "melodiös" realy is a terrible word, but apart from that "unter die haut gehen" is mostly used to discribe the Effect of music and imho is good.

ha you have two words for skin, interesting, whats the difference between hud and skinn?
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 12:08 pm    Post subject:

Oh, skinn is more like an animal skin. Confused Oh, look at that Mr. Green
Skinn Arrow Skin
Hud Arrow Haut
Hmm... It a bit hard to explain the difference.

Why is melodiös a horrible word Confused
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 12:44 pm    Post subject:

We prefer saying "melodisch", "melidiös" is barely used, except by some stubborn musicians.

Skinn and Hudd. Hm, lemme guess, Skinn is biological and hudd is the common word for that, without pointing on biology?

What I like most is finding german words in other languages, mostly 1:1 or slightly changed. Wikipedia has a nice collection of these words (concerning the English language). I always could piss myself by hearing "kindergarten", "bildungsroman" or "abseiling". Check these ones: [1] [2] Devil
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