Author Topic: Could it mean...? Alternative meanings to known words. Daft and deft welcomed.  (Read 2127 times)

Offline Gyppo

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There are plenty of words which do really only mean one thing, but to those with a linguistically flexible mind - most writers I hope - other incorrect but amusingly bizarre meanings will present themselves.

Sometimes these will arise because of a 'blurring' of two languages.  Here's your chance to air a few such words and your personal take on what they could mean.

Let's start with...

Entrechat.  A ballet term, but it could also be taken to mean a cat (le chat) served up as an entrée in a French café

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« Last Edit: March 08, 2010, 05:37:25 AM by Gyppo »
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I'm not sure this is exactly what you had in mind, G, but you reminded me that there are many words in Greek that are spelt exactly the same but have a completely different meaning, depending on which syllable you stress. This can be very confusing and sometimes downright embarrassing.

For example, tzami means 'glass' and tzami means 'mosque'. (Stressed syllable in bold.)

When we first moved to Greece, we locked ourselves out of our camper van and had to break a window to get back in. We went to a local garage to order a new window but I worried myself stupid afterwards as I wasn't sure that I hadn't ordered a 'replacement mosque for our van'.

A second example is that malaka means 'soft' and malaka means 'w*nker'.

When my knowledge of the language was still very rudimentary, a Greek friend asked me to pick up a soft white loaf for him when I was in town. Believe me, I practised saying 'soft white loaf' in Greek over and over again all the way to the bakery.
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Reminds me of one my favourite Billy Connolly jokes about a cross-eyed bear called gladly.  As a child he misheard a hymn at church called 'Gladly, the cross I'd bear.'
O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
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remunerated which really has the meaning of receiving or eligible for compensation

what it could mean

Two Moons around a planet where many dining establishments are located.

(Is this what you had in mind?)

http://www.wordnik.com/lists/odd-words-2

http://www.brownielocks.com/words.html

If you want some odd words to pick from
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