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Funny words

From:Michael Fors <micke@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 7, 2003, 20:45
Hello everybody!

I have a question for all of you who have created language families, that is,
languages related to each other derived from a common ancestral language.

I know that there are closely related languages in which the same word means
entirely different things, and where the difference is really comical. For

Word:       Norwegian:       Swedish:
Pula        To have sex      To do something
Rolig       Calm             Funny

Word:       Finnish:         Estonian:
Hallitus    Government       Mildew

There are more of these in Finnish and Estonian, but these are those that I can recall now.

Do any of you have this kind of humorous word similarities in your conlangs?



Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>