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Re: English oddities

From:Irina Rempt <ira@...>
Date:Thursday, July 13, 2000, 8:32
On Thu, 13 Jul 2000, Boudewijn Rempt wrote:

> Schoon can mean beautiful in Dutch, too. Especially in Belgium. I > remember a barmaid saying to my mother 'Ge hebt schone kindekes, > mevrouw.' In standard Dutch the meaning is restricted to set situations > 'schone jonkvrouwe'.
I call my daughters "schone maagd" when they come out of the bath: it can mean "fair maiden" as well as "clean girl". Well, actually, "clean virgin"; and when they ask what a "maagd" is I tell them, in the words of a folk song, "een mooi meisje zonder man" (a pretty girl without a husband). All of these things, of course, are true :-) Irina -- Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself)