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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Entertaining Utensil

the word for spoon is funny in every language

26 comments:

  1. Löffel certainly does not sound like "loo-full". "Ö" is /ø/, not /u:/.

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    1. True, but there isn't really an equivalent sound for "ö" in English. "Liou-full"? "Luu-ful"? "Lue-full"?

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    2. None of those are remotely close to ö... Just say Leffel it's your best bet honestly

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    3. I'm not sure "leffel" is improving things much. Can't we all just agree that "Löffel" is a funny word and leave it at that?

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    4. its Loeffel (ö can generally be replaced by oe)

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    5. Only in German! "Loeffel" in English sounds like "low-fell".

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    6. I think it's funny how some Germans take things about their language so serious. Just like the sausage post. ;) It confirms the cliché..
      p.s. I'm German, too..

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    7. As a half-German myself, half of me sympathizes with them completely, and the other half wants to shake them and say "LET GO OF THE RULES!"

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    8. Leffle as long as you say the 1st e with rounded lips.

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  2. Funny post. In Hindi, though, I'm pretty sure it's actually chamcha/chumcha and not chummuch. Could be a variant, but I only know it as chamcha.

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  3. How about the Finnish word, "lusikka"?

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  4. Indonesian "sendok" is funny too.

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    1. Indeed, sounds like "send-dog"

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  5. in Korean,
    숟가락
    Soo(t)-Kah-Rock

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  6. Greek - κουτάλι - koo-ta-LEE

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  8. Even french people are self-aware about how funny the word Cuillère can be.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0pLFDpRNTw

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  9. Swedish - sked .. & it's not as easily pronounced as it seems !!

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    1. Really? How is it pronounced?

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    2. the closest I could get is [ch]weyd, where the [ch] sound is somewhere between German i[ch] and Arabic Kha' [خاء] :D !

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  10. Polish is not even close. Luje ka? The Polish word for spoon, when pronounced as if the letters were english, should be "Wishka".

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  11. Russian - ложка. In English, sounds like "lozh-ka".

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  12. The Danish word is 'ske' pronounced as SKIT but without the t (or with a glottalized t): [ˈske̝ːʔ]. I'm sorry that it isn't so funny.

    There is the word 'slev' SLEW [ˈsle̝ʊ̯ʔ], which is funnier but also archaic.

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