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Re: [romconlang] -able

From:Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 7:57
Mark J. Reed wrote:
> quoting me: >> In Norwegian, we don't just call a spade a spade, we even call a >> shovel a spade. Blunt people, are we? > > Nah. Obfuscatory. Calling a "shovel" a "spade" is indirect! :)
Øh, høh. Actually we do have the word 'skuffe' to name an implement solely intended for shovelling. These are rather lighter and less sturdy than a spade, with a straight front and raised sides to contain material. A snow shovel is called 'snøskuffe' - not unknown around these parts, they come in a large variety of sizes and shapes. Smaller ones are often called 'snøspade', though. We have the skyffel-word too, but it's a false friend of the Swedish one, often misused in text translated from Swedish. Here it's normally a small, one-hand shovel, or an angular-sheared garden tool to cut off the roots of weeds or for harvest use. I could perhaps bore you as well by mentioning that spade at least in my dialect is pronounced /spa:@/, that is, there is no d. There is a toneme 2 tone on the a. LEF